Qatar- WISE focuses on EdTech and innovation
(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Experts taking part at International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) in Montreal, Canada.
Doha: The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) took part in the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) in Montreal, Canada. The three-day gathering brought together 4,000 international leaders under the theme ‘Shaping a New Era of Prosperity";.
More than 200 speakers presented insights on major global economic issues, discussing their social, cultural and political impacts.
In a roundtable discussion on technology and innovation in education, Stavros N Yiannouka, CEO, WISE, noted the dramatic potential of emerging technologies in extending education access to the most vulnerable and marginalised.
He said technology could reach its full potential through strong teaching and leaders committed to transforming school systems.
Yiannouka praised economic and leadership opportunities that creative projects and organisations are bringing to women and young people in vulnerable regions and called for a wider recognition of the need for creativity and innovation in education management.
Representatives of two WISE Award winning projects also took part — Cecilia D";Oliveira, Associate Dean, Digital Learning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who led a team that developed the MIT OpenCourseWare, which shares freely teaching course materials that reach over 150 million people worldwide; and Mike Feerick, Founder, ALISON courses, providing an online learning platform that enables worldwide users to gain employability skills. Robert Beauchemin, CEO, KnowledgeOne, which provides training and development solutions for businesses; and Alan Shepard, President and Vice-Chancellor, Concordia University, Montreal, also took part.
In a separate gathering at IEFA, Yiannouka called for a renewed commitment among global leaders to empowerment through education at all levels. 'Education is likely the most effective investment societies can make to tear down the walls of ignorance, fear and demagoguery wherever they may arise,” he said.
WISE is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF).
The IEFA event served an opportunity for WISE to bring its global work as an international education organisation before a wider audience.