Six Winners of the 2017 Wise Awards Announced

DOHA, Qatar, September 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

The WISE Awards Recognize Projects for Innovative Solutions to Urgent Education


The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), a leading international initiative for innovation and collaboration in education, has named the six winning projects of the 2017 WISE Awards, recognizing and promoting innovative education initiatives around the world.

The 2017 WISE Awards winners:  42 (France / US) - a free computer programming training program open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 30, whether they possess an academic degree or not. The program focuses on project-based, peer-to-peer learning.

Lights to Learn (Spain / Latin America) - a program led by the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI) providing  electricity  to support quality education and community development in rural and marginalized regions of Latin America through the installation of photovoltaic systems, Internet, IT equipment, teacher training and community development.

PhET Interactive Simulations (US/global) - an engaging education solution promoting science and math literacy through interactive simulations, founded by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman and housed at University of Colorado Boulder.

The Learner Guide Program (Tanzania/UK) - a mentorship program led by Camfed Tanzania to support education and employment opportunities for young women in rural areas.

The Speed School project (US/global) - an intensive, child-centered program run by the Luminos Fund to enable out-of-school children to catch up to their grade level at government schools.

Ubongo Edutainment (Tanzania) - a Dar-es-Salaam-based initiative providing fun learning to millions of kids in Africa through animated educational content across multiple platforms including TV, SMS and smartphones.

Stavros N. Yiannouka, CEO, WISE, remarked: "From rural Tanzania and South America to Silicon Valley and Paris, our six WISE Awards winners reflect the wide range of what can be achieved in advancing education --whatever the social or geographical context-- when there is a creative solution and a determination to see it through. We look forward to showcasing our winners and runners-up at the WISE Summit in Doha in November, and to supporting their progress as they grow."

The six winners were selected from a group of 15 finalists by a panel of expert judges from Parthenon-EY. The WISE Awards winners and finalists will be celebrated at the World Innovation Summit for Education, November 14-16, 2017, in Doha, Qatar. In addition to publicity and networking opportunities, each winning project receives $20,000 (US). For further information, visit .

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