SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION
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.