Type of Funding
The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) is inviting applications for the revised 2019/20 WISE Learners’ Voice Program. The Program is a platform for bringing young people to rise to the challenge of rethinking education and equipping them to take on leading roles in their fields and in the world of education. The revised 2019 Learners’ Voice Program aims to give young people an opportunity to voice their views and to create a youth community interested in shaping the future of education.
The threefold objectives of the Program are to give young people:
- The tools and resources they need to ensure their voices are heard;
- A platform to voice their opinions and discuss with policy makers, educators and innovators in education; and
- An opportunity to participate and engage at WISE 2019 and to have their work creative work published by WISE.
The Program consists of the following components:
- Pre-Summit Residential Session, from 17 to 19 November 2019, in Doha, Qatar. Learners will participate in a 3-day interactive residential session in Doha to gain develop communication and problem solving skills while gaining exposure to the field of education.
- WISE Summit: from 20 to 21 November 2019, in Doha, Qatar. Learners will actively participate in the 2019 WISE Summit to share their views and opinions on shaping the future of education to education stakeholders such as educators, policymakers, school leaders, parents among others.
- Creative Submission: Learners will develop a creative piece on education, which will be shared with WISE community during the program.
Through interactive workshops, experiential sessions and creative exercises, WISE Learners will gain the skills and mindsets required to forge their place in designing the future of education.
The WISE – Qatar Foundation will cover visa fees, return flights, accommodation, meals and in country transportation for the selected candidates.
Applicants must be youths aged 16 to 21 who are interested in engaging in the field of education. They have to be proficient in English and be comfortable in presenting and speaking in public. They must be curious minded individuals who are flexible and comfortable in multicultural environments. They should be creative and reflective in their creative submissions and are engaged in social issues and can demonstrate how they have sought to overcome them through innovative ideas and initiatives. Applicants have to be willing and available to travel to Doha from 16 to 22 November 2019.
Applicants have to submit a short creative piece in the form of an essay, story, poem, film or any other creative medium in response to 1 of the 8 questions below:
- What does it mean to be “educated”?
- Teachers VS Technology – Is it the end of the teaching profession, as we know it?
- Design the school of tomorrow (this can include any aspect of the school, from the physical space to the curriculum, etc.)
- What would you change about your education experience?
- What does “global citizenship” mean to you?
- What values do you think are important to be reflected in your community (and how should they be taught in schools)?
- Is a university / college education necessary or even relevant today?
- Does your education prepare you for success in life?
Written submissions should be of at least 500 words.
Applications are to be done online by 7 September 2019.