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WISE Awards: rewarding the inspirers

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WISE Awards: rewarding the inspirers

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This special edition of Learning World is dedicated to the WISE Awards at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha. These prizes are given in recognition four outstanding achievements in the field of education. Here, we focus on three of the six winners from different parts of the world.

In poor, rural areas of Peru education is sometimes considered a luxury rather than a necessity. Traditionally many farming families have faced the choice of educating their children or keeping or putting food on the table. In our first story we examine an initiative that enables children to get an education while helping out at home.

Equipping young people for later life means more than sending the to school. We go to Finland for our second report where a groundbreaking scheme is introducing 10 and 11-year-olds to the challenges of becoming an entrepreneur. The centre-piece is a replica town complete with public services, businesses and a bank where kids get an eye-opening experience of what it’s like to try to make it in the real world.

The simple love of reading is the inspiration of our final story of this edition. In Jordan a pioneering project is encouraging adults and children to discover the pleasure of books other than those they have been required to read as part of their education. Its impact has been positive and far-reaching; improving education standards, bringing drop-out kids back to school and empowering women ‘readers’.

To find out more about these inspiring stories watch the video in the player above.

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