Doha: The World Innovation Summit for Education, the leading global initiative for innovation and collaboration in education, announced the theme of the 2017 WISE global Summit, which will take place 14-16 November in Doha: “Co-Exist – Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together”. The announcement was made during the closing session of WISE@Madrid, a regional education one-day forum organized in partnership with Banco Santander.
Since its establishment by Qatar Foundation in 2009, WISE has been dedicated to enabling innovation in education around the world. The 2017 WISE theme — “Co-Exist – Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together”-reflects WISE’s commitment to address important education challenges particularly in times of disruption and economic uncertainty stemming from conflict, mass migration, growing inequality, and on-going, rapid technological change.
WISE 2017 will gather a wide variety of education stakeholders in Doha, to discuss ways to respond to the world’s most pressing problems, turn challenges into opportunities for positive change, and build the future of education. Recognized world leaders, experts and thinkers will explore the impact of education on economies, health and well-being, citizenship, inclusion, the science of learning, and other key issues. More than 2,000 attended the previous WISE Summit in Doha, with talks by global leaders including former US First Lady Michelle Obama, former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard, and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, among others.
Additionally, WISE has been organizing educational forums internationally featuring expert speakers in a wide range of fields and sectors to shed light on key regional and global trends in education. The first of these WISE@ gatherings took place last year in Tunis and in Beijing, co-organized with local partners. The WISE@Madrid forum, the first initiative of the series in Europe, was dedicated to reflecting and imagining the future of education, notably addressing the high youth unemployment issue, among other subjects.