Wise Awards 2018 Finalists: 3 African Projects In The Running





Wise Awards 2018 Finalists: 3 African Projects In The Running


Projects by The Centre for Girl-Child Education (CGE) in Nigeria, Fondation Zakoura in Morocco and Symphonia for South Africa (SSA), are among 12 finalists chosen by the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) for their innovative and impactful approaches to today’s most urgent education challenges

10 April 2018– Safe Space Club for Girls, an initiative of the Centre for Girl-Child Education (CGE) in Nigeria, ANEER by Fondation Zakoura in Morocco and Partners of Possibility, by Symphonia for South Africa (SSA) havebeen selected as three of the 12 finalist projects for the 2018 WISE Awards.

Each year, the WISE Awards recognize and promote innovative projects from around the world that are addressing global educational challenges.

ANEER by Fondation Zakoura, provides free preschool education for children aged 4 to 5 in rural regions of Morocco. Based on community development, ANEER sensitizes and educates parents to the importance of preschools while enabling adult literacy, giving them the tools to manage the project in the future.

Safe Space Club for Girlsby the Centre for Girl-Child Education uses mentor-led safe spaces, community engagement, subsidization of school fees and training of female teachers to complement government schooling and improving the acquisition of basic academic competencies (literacy and numeracy skills) by girls.

Partners for Possibilityby Symphonia for South Africa, is a program which improves the quality of education by capacitating principals in under-resourced schools and building their leadership skills through partnerships with business leaders.

Rita El Kadiri, executive director – development and partnerships – of Fondation Zakoura, stated: “We are very much honoured to be nominated among the finalists of the WISE awards.  Our project ANEER aims at the generalization of pre-primary education in rural Morocco. We hope that this opportunity will shed light on the importance of early childhood education and will encourage all of us to make it a priority in the region. We are also very happy to join the WISE community to share best practices, learn from each other and together create a greater impact. Thank you WISE and congratulations to all our fellow finalists.”

Habiba Mohammed, co-director and Team leader of the Centre for Girls’ Education, said: “Every Girl, no matter where she is, deserves the right to 12 years of schooling and needs to be Empowered to help her live a healthy and poverty free life so that she can make informed decision about what she wants for herself!”

Dr Louise van Rhyn, CEO and founder of Symphonia for South Africa, declared: “At Partners for Possibility we are committed to reduce inequality in South African education so that all children in South Africa have access to quality education.  The key to doing this is to ensure that all school principals (not just those in well-resourced schools) are equipped and supported for their critically-important task to lead the changes necessary to prepare our children for a better future. We are excited about the impact we have already seen in 725 schools across South Africa and are committed to reach thousands more schools in the future.”

Stavros N. Yiannouka, CEO of WISE, said: “We congratulate Safe Space Club for Girls, ANEER and Partners for Possibility for making it to the finalist stage. Each of the 2018 WISE Awards finalists has constructed an effective, tested solution to a global educational challenge. Whether it’s ensuring fundamental education for refugees or creating the next generation of empathetic and conscious leaders, each project is already transforming lives, and provides an inspirational model for others to adopt. This is vital to our mission at WISE, which centres around collaboration”.

The 12 projects come from eleven countries and were shortlisted for their innovative solutions to education challenges and their positive social impact. The awards finalists were picked from a pool of 413 projects, and evaluated according to strict criteria. They must be successful, innovative education projects that have already demonstrated a transformative impact on individuals, communities, and society. They must be financially stable, have a clear development plan and be scalable and replicable.


The finalists will be reviewed by a jury of experts and the six WISE Awards winning projects will be announced mid-July 2018 and celebrated at WISE@NewYork Forum in the United States, September 2018. In addition to publicity and networking opportunities, each project receives $20,000 (US).


For further information, visithttp://www.wise-qatar.org/wise-awards.




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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, 54projects 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 ground breakingcollaborations. Today the WISE Awards network comprises pioneering projects that are helping bring real change to societies and communities.

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

About the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE):

The World Innovation Summit for Education was established by Qatar Foundation in 2009 under the leadership of its Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. WISE is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative, evidence-based thinking, debate, and purposeful action in education.  Through the biennial summit, collaborative research and a range of on-going programs, WISE is a global reference in new approaches to education. 

The next WISE event will be a regional conference, WISE@Accra, taking place in Ghana on May 9, 2018, under the theme“Unlocking the World’s Potential: Leading and Innovating for Quality Education in Africa”.

For further information about WISE@Accra, visit http://www.wise-qatar.org/africa-accra-leadership-education

For further information about WISE, visit www.wise-qatar.org