Empower Youth with Quality Education – Sheikha Moza bint Nasser
While addressing the masses at the opening plenary session of the WISE global summit 2021 on Tuesday at the Qatar National Convention Centre, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser highlighted the need to empower the youth with a high-quality education.
With more than 10,000 online participants worldwide participating, apart from the event on the ground, the theme of ‘Generation Unmute: Reclaiming our Future Through Education’ was celebrated.
" Listening to young people and recognizing their indispensable role in decision-making is no longer a choice; it is an imperative," Sheikha Moza stated.
"We are all aware that the intellectual capacity of the current generations has expanded because of opportunities provided through technology and quality education – something that was not available to the generations that came before them.
"From the primary stage of basic education, curriculam must be created to mold individuals and build a generation that is armed with knowledge and expertise to allow them to participate in decision-making and contribute to solving global challenges. Indeed, our journey in establishing Qatar Foundation was founded on this belief."
Wendy Kopp, co-founder, and CEO of Teach for All was presented the 2021 WISE Prize for Education by Her Highness at the opening ceremony. Kopp played a major role through Teach for All in developing the concept that meaningful, sustainable education changes need leaders who are rooted in their communities and believe in the potential to transform them to deliver the opportunities all children deserve.
Other notable personalities such as Mariam al-Dhuhani, an independent journalist, filmmaker, curator, and educator from Yemen described her journey of education and how the Education City gave her the push to realize her dreams. Gitanjali Rao, innovator, author, and STEM promoter, USA also shared her life and how she can focus on innovation to promote education. She also said that she used to share her work with about 56,000 students in 36 countries.
Rao, aged 16, was named the TIME Top young innovator in 2020 for her innovations and “innovation workshops” she has conducted across the globe. Rao has previously won the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge in 2017 and was recognized on Forbes 30 Under 30 for her innovations.
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