SPOT­LIGHT ON ED­U­CA­TION

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Over 1,600 stake­hold­ers in ed­u­ca­tion from all cor­ners of the world were part of this an­nual ed­u­ca­tion sum­mit that, this year, sheds light on the im­por­tance of cre­ativ­ity in ed­u­ca­tion. Un­der the theme “Imag­ine-Cre­ate-Learn”, par­tic­i­pants will be en­cour­aged to ask new ques­tions and iden­tify new so­lu­tions, HE Sheikh Ab­dulla bin Ali Al Thani, Chair­man of WISE and Pres­i­dent of Ha­mad Bin Khal­ifa Univer­sity, said dur­ing the open­ing ses­sion.

HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser also an­nounced the win­ner of the WISE award for 2014. This year's lau­re­ate, Ann Cot­ton, has been work­ing for 30 years in sub- Sa­ha­ran Africa try­ing to re­move girls from the vi­cious cy­cle of poverty and in­equal­ity. Her or­gan­i­sa­tion, Camfed (Cam­paign for Fe­male Ed­u­ca­tion) has helped over three mil­lion girls in Zim­babwe, Zam­bia, Ghana, Tan­za­nia and Malawi. Lord Jim Knight, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of On­line Learn­ing at TSL Ed­u­ca­tion, in the first ple­nary ses­sion, ex­plained why the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem that we have been per­pet­u­at­ing is fun­da­men­tally wrong with learn­ing. “First, we cel­e­brate in­di­vid­ual achieve­ment but in­no­va­tion is a team ef­fort. We com­part­men­talise knowl­edge and favour spe­cial­i­sa­tion while there has to be an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary ap­proach. There is a cul­ture of pas­siv­ity in class­rooms which has to go. And fail­ure is not the worst thing that can hap­pen; in fact, fail­ure is im­per­a­tive to learn­ing, tak­ing risks, find­ing bet­ter so­lu­tions. And fi­nally, we have to move away from ex­trin­sic in­cen­tives like grades and money to in­trin­sic ones like want­ing to make a dif­fer­ence.” For three days, a range of top­ics like em­pow­er­ing teach­ers through cre­ativ­ity, per­son­alised ed­u­ca­tion, ru­ral ed­u­ca­tion, as­sess­ing cre­ativ­ity, (re)mo­ti­vat­ing learn­ers, etc was dis­cussed.

Lau­rie Mul­vey, one of the direc­tors of the World in Con­ver­sa­tion Cen­ter in the Col­lege of the Lib­eral Arts at Penn State, spoke about how the cen­tre is bring­ing

A panel dur­ing WISE dis­cusses cre­ativ­ity, en­trepreneur­ship and ed­u­ca­tion.

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