Global education competition selects three UK finalists

Three UK projects have today been announced as finalists in the World Innovation Summit for Education Awards 2017.

The annual WISE awards recognise projects that are addressing global education challenges, with just 15 projects from across nine countries selected for this year’s finals.

The three shortlisted projects include Camfed’s Learner Guide Program, which facilitates employment opportunities for young women in Tanzania and the Open Book Publishers project, which sends free electronic copies of secondary school textbooks to classrooms in over 120 countries.

The third project is STIR Education’s Building a Teacher-Led Movement for Change, which supports teachers in India and Uganda through supporting and motivating them to teach engaging lessons.

Projects were judged according to strict criteria, which states they must already have demonstrated a transformative impact on individuals, communities and society.

Stavros N. Yiannouka, CEO of WISE, said: “We congratulate Camfed International, Open Book Publishers and STIR for making it to the finalist stage.

“Whether ensuring access to fundamental primary education or preparing young people for the 21st century workplace, each project is already transforming lives, and provides an inspirational model for other communities to adopt.”

Six of the projects will each be awarded the US$20,000 prize money, with the winners announced in September. A celebration ceremony will take place in Doha, Qatar, in November.

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