During 13-15 November 2012 professor Ilga Salīte visited the Qatari capital city of Doha to participate in the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE 2012). Vice-President of Education of the Qatar Foundation, His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, PhD, had extended a personal invitation to professor Salīte to attend the global educational forum in her capacity of the president of BBCC (Baltic and Black Sea Circle Consortium in Educational Research).
Since 2009 WISE annually welcomes well over thousand of participants representing more than 100 countries from all over the world. The hallmark of 2012 summit was the launching of a new global educational initiative. Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who is globally celebrated for her constant commitment to spearheading new developments in education, proclaimed the commencement of a new care programme for children deprived of access to education. Globally, there are 61 million children beyond the outreach of primary education institutions. Almost half of them reside in conflict regions. The programme was launched in alliance with UNESCO which was represented at the summit by Secretary-General Ms Irina Bokova.
The thematic focus of plenary sessions and debates was cooperation for change. Issues such as learning, educational innovations and the future were explored in the contexts of relationships between education and society, education and learning environment, education and culture (in terms of a balanced interplay between globalism and localism).
To learn more, please visit WISE website www.wise-qatar.org to draw from a trove of information on Qatar Foundation and innovative experiences in education, which have been awarded WISE Prize for Education, or watch some of the numerous video interviews with globally renowned pedagogues.