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HH Sheikha Moza attends 2021 WISE Awards session
Her Hihgness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, attended on Wednesday the WISE Awards session, which was held within the activities of the 10th edition of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) 2021.
HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation, and a number of officials, experts and specialists from various countries were in attendence.
Director of Programs and Chief Curator at WISE, Dr. Ameena Abdul Majeed, handed the prizes to the winning projects this year, which are the "Happiness Curriculum" issued by the Government of Delhi. The curriculum organizers have entered into a partnership in the school curricula dedicated to well-being, happiness, self-awareness, critical thinking and other social and emotional skills. This work had a positive impact on 800,000 students in 1,024 schools, increasing their levels of participation and focus in the classroom.
The second project is "onebillion" which developed an integrated technology platform for education in the form of a tablet and an application for all children with the aim of enhancing numeracy, reading and writing skills in the languages they speak regardless of their environment. The application provides children with learning sessions that suit their needs.
The third project named "Trauma Informed Schools" focuses on education through trauma awareness in schools in Turkey. The idea is to transform the classroom into a safe space for children suffering from traumatic psychological experiences, through a multi-pronged approach targeting children and the community around them, by providing training courses and workshops with the teaching staff and caregivers. The number of beneficiaries reached 5,216 children, 406 teachers and 190 caregivers.
As for the fourth project "Lets All Learn to Read", it developed a comprehensive and innovative model for learning to read and write for primary school students. The project also provided teachers with reading materials, necessary training and a grading system to help all students, with or without learning difficulties, to reach normal reading levels. The project benefited 703,277 children and teachers in public schools in Colombia and Panama, in addition the governments of the two countries have adopted the program as part of their general policies.
The fifth winning project is "Taleemabad" which means Education City in Urdu. It was chosen thanks to its integration of Pakistani classrooms using digital technologies that provide educational content that is adapted to the local context and the prevailing Pakistani culture with Pakistan's national curriculum and children learning English and Urdu, in addition to mathematics and science in various grades of primary schools.
The last winning project is the "ProFuturo Digital Education Program, made by the Telefonica Foundation and the La Caixa Foundation. It is designed to operate whether or not areas have access to the Internet. The program focuses on training and supporting teachers in enhancing their educational practices and digital skills so that they can provide the best educational level for their students. The program is spread across 40 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Asia, and the number of beneficiaries has exceeded 914,000 teachers and 19.7 million children.