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Generation wins prestigious WISE award

The WISE Awards recognize and promote six successful innovative projects each year that are addressing global educational challenges

The only US-based winner, Generation was recognized with five other international organizations by The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF).

“The Generation team is thrilled and honored to receive the WISE Award,” said Dr. Mona Mourshed, President and CEO of Generation. “This recognition makes us even more determined to enable a career for every person, anywhere in the world. We are grateful for our learners, employers, and implementation partners who have all worked hard to help us to learn and grow fast.”

Stavros N. Yiannouka, CEO of WISE, congratulated the winners: “This year we have received 413 applications for the WISE Awards program. The rigorous selection process has succeeded in finding six excellent and innovative projects addressing a diverse mix of educational challenges from around the world. This demonstrates that there are existing global organizations and individuals who share our passion for tackling education challenges with innovative solutions.”

The other five 2018 WISE Awards winners are Safe Spaces Clubs for Girls, One Village One Pre-School, Technology-Based Deaf Education Pakistan, Partners for Possibility, and 1001 Nights Life Skills and Citizenship Education Program.

These programs tackle pressing educational issues including girls’ education, early childhood education, the refugee crisis, cultural exchange, citizenship values, entrepreneurship in disadvantaged communities, deaf education, enhancing teacher motivation, and stimulating critical and creative thinking.

Generation and the five other award winners were evaluated according to strict criteria. They must be established, innovative educational projects that have already demonstrated a transformative impact on individuals, communities, and society of their context. They also need to be financially stable, have a clear development plan, and be scalable and replicable.

The projects will be celebrated on September 22 at WISE@NY in New York, USA. In addition to publicity and networking opportunities, each will receive $20,000 (US).

About the WISE Awards:

Each year, the WISE Awards recognize and promote six successful innovative projects that are addressing global educational challenges. Since 2009, WISE has received more than 3,200 applications from over 150 countries. Up until now, 60 projects have won the WISE Awards, from a wide variety of sectors and locations for their innovative character, their positive contribution and their potential for scalability and adaptability. These projects represent a growing resource of expertise and sound educational practice. Year by year, WISE is building a community of educational innovators which offers a fertile environment for groundbreaking collaborations. Today the WISE Awards network comprises pioneering projects that are helping bring real change to societies and communities.

For further information, visit wise-qatar.org/wise-awards

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