Partners for Possibility, a South African Initiative for Education and Safe Spaces Clubs for Girls, an Initiative that helps educates adolescent girls in Nigeria has won the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) for 2018 together with four other winners which include: Safe Spaces Clubs for Girls in Nigeria, One Village One Pre-School in China, Generation in the USA, Technology-Based Deaf Education in Pakistan, and 1001 Nights Life Skills and Citizenship Education Program in Canada. The winning projects will be celebrated on September 22 in New York, US. In addition to publicity and networking opportunities, each project will receive a sum of $20,000.
The South Africa vision is created to develop a true exchange of talents and expertise via in-person contact and through distance-education technology, where students and adult learners from the U.S. and South Africa receive access to knowledge, support, and resources that are critical to cultural understanding and the improvement of teaching & learning. The Center for Girl-Child Education uses intensive mentor-led “safe space” girls groups for adolescent girls to acquire the basic academic competencies and critical life skills they would need to succeed in school and beyond.
The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) was established by Qatar Foundation (QF) in 2009, as an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative, evidence-based thinking, debate, and purposeful action in education.
They announced six winners of the Awards after participants had gone through a 12-month leadership development programme while tackling the challenges their schools face, together with their partners. Other educational issues that entrants to the 2018 WISE Awards attempted to address include projects for girls’ education, early childhood education, the refugee crisis, cultural exchange, citizenship values, youth employment, and entrepreneurship in disadvantaged communities, deaf education, and stimulating critical and creative thinking