PfP represented at WISE@NY Forum

In July, the ground-breaking PfP programme was named as one of six winners of the coveted global World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Awards. On 22 September, the WISE@NY forum, which took place at the Altman Building in New York, saw the presentation of the 2018 WISE Awards, recognising all six winning projects from five different countries.

Receiving the award on behalf of PfP, Dr Louise Van Rhyn made the compelling ‘case’ for PfP in a rousing seven-minute talk.  

The other five 2018 WISE Award winners honoured at WISE@NY were: Safe Space Clubs for Girls (Nigeria), One Village One Preschool (China), Generation (USA), Technology-Based Deaf Education (Pakistan) and 1001 Nights Life Skills and Citizenship Education Program (Canada). Issues tackled by these winning projects include: education for girls’ and refugee children, early childhood education, youth unemployment, and education for deaf and marginalized children.

Since the inception of the WISE Awards in 2009, adjudicators have evaluated more than 3,200 applications from over 150 countries and awarded 54 prizes to education projects in nations that include Finland, the USA, Spain, Morocco and India. This year, 15 projects from 11 countries were shortlisted after a pool of 413 projects had been evaluated according to strict criteria, which include their impact, financial stability, scalability and replicability.

In addition tovaluable publicity and networking opportunities, each of the six winners received $20,000 (US) in prize money. As part of the award received by PfP, WISE created a short video about the PfP programme.

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In addition to attending the 2018 WISE Awards presentation, over 350 innovators, education experts and thought leaders made use of the WISE@NY Forum as a platform to help shape the future of global education. Under the theme ‘Learning Revolutions: Creating Educational Environments for Empowerment and Inclusion, the Forum’s format encouraged a truly open, global conversation about education through sessions that offered multiple opportunities to voice opinions, share solutions, and build new connections.

The event coincided with Global Goals Week, a series of events that took place during the United Nations General Assembly under the auspices of the UN Foundation.

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