QF’s WISE to focus on youth empowerment at Doha Learning Days Festival 2023
Under the theme ‘Youth Empowerment’, WISE’s Doha Learning Days Festival returns for its fourth edition to share opportunities with young people and help expand their skills in areas such as advocacy, the arts, well-being, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, tech, science, coding, and more.
Hosted by Qatar Foundation (QF)’s global education initiative, the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), the Doha Learning Days (DLD) Festival will take place from 1-4 February 2023 at the stunning Msheireb Museums, and will offer over 50 workshops for families, youth, and the wider community to engage in informal experiential learning. The festival, which is free to attend, will start with a ceremony on 1 February to celebrate the 2022 WISE Awards winners and their innovation in addressing pressing education issues, before opening to the public on 2 February.
DLD reinforces WISE’s efforts to foster a vibrant learning ecosystem locally. The festival is designed to take learning out of formal education settings and expand the understanding of where learning can happen. To achieve this goal, WISE has curated the festival program with more than 20 multisectoral content partners who will offer interactive workshops, educational group sessions, stimulating speakers, and other practice-based learning activities that are both experiential and innovative.
Announcing the community festival, Stavros N. Yiannouka, CEO of WISE, said: “With our content partners, Doha Learning Days will create an engaging environment for informal learning. The festival’s ideal location at Msheireb Museums in the very heart of Doha meets our vision for creating a dynamic community-based setting where youth are empowered to connect their classroom learning with the skills to discover and map their strengths, talents, and purpose in innovative ways.
“The unique program will appeal to students, educators, and community members of all ages and interests who are keen to explore, create, and be challenged to learn and reflect in different ways. We invite everyone to come and be part of this exciting learning festival.”
WISE Doha Learning Days 2023 is held in partnership with VISA, with the support of ExxonMobil as the event Platinum Partner. Strategic partners are Msheireb Museums and Swiss Wealth Manager, Julius Baer.
Commenting on the partnership with WISE and hosting the Doha Learning Days Festival, Ali Mohamed Al-Kuwari, Acting CEO of Msheireb Properties, said: “Msheireb Museums is proud to collaborate with WISE as Strategic Partner and host this valuable learning festival to support the education and creativity capabilities of our students and community members. This is in line with our goal to upgrade the skills and capabilities of our community and unlock their potential. We are committed to strengthening community partnerships and promoting educational programs to further strengthen human capital development in our country.”
Carl Manlan, Visa’s Head of Inclusive Impact and Sustainability for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “WISE brings together different knowledge and content partners to upskill the next generation of leaders able to capitalize on the opportunities in the digital economy. Visa is therefore pleased to be part of this exciting initiative and to support WISE in helping these young people gain the skills and knowledge they need to uplift communities both here and around the world.”
In addition to the daytime school workshops which will invite students from across schools in Qatar to take part, the program will also include evening and weekend sessions to encourage the wider community to participate.
DLD content partners include the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Social Development and Family, Ministry of Sports and Youth, Studio 5/6 (Ministry of Communications and Information Tech), Tarsheed, Microsoft, Qatar Scientific Club, Qatar Sports for All Federation, The Learning Center (QF), QF International, Earthna, Qatar Academy, Generation Amazing, Maker Majlis – Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Kabuni, Kidzania, Insaniyatna, Best Buddies, HBKU Press, Al Jazeera Media Institute, Qatar Academy Doha’s Activists in Action, Doha Environmental Actions Project (DEAP), Injaz Qatar, ZNotes, and Paint the Town. Several partners will present offshoot activities at locations across Qatar.
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Cover image: WISE 2022