The WISE education Summit in Doha, Qatar, brought together 1,300 education experts from 120 different countries. Meeting the educational challenges resulting from the revolutions and upheavals in North Africa looms large on the agenda.
Dr Mohamed Faour, from the Carnegie Middle East Centre, told euronews: “This is going to take a long time but in a situation where you have an uprising and a revolution things get done faster. So you change the regime overnight but it’ll take you much longer to change the education system, but it’ll not take you centuries, hopefully it’ll take you a few years.”
The top WISE award went to BRAC, an organisation born in Bangladesh, which aims to use education to eradicate poverty. Six other educational projects also won prizes, including a new type of software for hearing-impaired children.
Ricardo Rosas, the creator of the “Sueña Letras” software, gave her reaction to winning: “This prize isn’t just for me, it belongs to the whole team behind the project, not just in Chile but also in other countries. But I’m very proud to be representing them all. The most important aspect of this prize is the visibility which we hope will enable us to develop this programme in other countries because our aim is to be present worldwide.”
Qatar, where the summit was held, is about the size of Corsica but enjoys the highest GDP in the world. It is the largest exporter of natural liquid gas in the world and also wants to become a leading reference in the field of education.