Doha, Qatar, 15 September 2014
The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), a leading international initiative driving innovation and collaboration in education, has announced the six 2014 WISE Awards winning projects.
Since 2009 the WISE Awards have identified and promoted some of the most effective practices in tackling urgent global education challenges.
We Love Reading is a Jordan-based initiative which recognises that literature is essential for the development of children’s personalities, imaginations and cognitive skills yet children do not read for pleasure in the Arab world, not for lack of books but because their parents did not read to them. We Love Reading aims to encourage children to read for pleasure by training women to read aloud to children in their neighbourhoods. These read-aloud sessions are the project’s libraries. The model is innovative because it is simple, cost-efficient, grassroots and sustainable. WLR has trained 700 women and opened 300 libraries in Jordan, impacting more than 10,000 children. The model has spread throughout the Arab world and beyond. The six 2014 WISE Awards winning projects address an array of education challenges linked to employment, creativity, access and literacy:
We are proud of the recognition of We Love Reading on the international arena by receiving the WISE Award 2014 from the Qatar Foundation.
We celebrate today the success of the women and men readers and volunteers who are We Love Reading.
From one library in Jordan to a worldwide movement, the success of We Love Reading is a testimonial that every little good deed counts because we believed that nothing is impossible.
We are the butterfly, that flutters its wings in Jordan resulting in a hurricane in other parts of the world.
This marks the beginning of a new stage in the journey of We Love Reading to spread to every child in the world the thrill of whole new worlds opened through reading, as well as the limitless opportunities reading makes possible so that they can become change makers in their communities.
We ask everyone to join us to become part of the movement in making a difference in the world.
Dr. Rana Dajani, Founder and Director commented: “Reading is essential for the development of children’s personalities, imaginations and cognitive skills yet children do not read for pleasure in the Arab world because their parents do not read for them. By simply encouraging the habit of reading aloud to both parents and children, we can help install a love of reading which is invaluable to their own development and success.”
A Jury comprised of education leaders, chaired by H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Chairman of WISE, selected the winning projects from a shortlist of 15 finalists, chosen from hundreds of applications.
H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani remarked: “These initiatives demonstrate how transformative educational programs not only bring real change to the classroom, but can also have a wider influence in communities and society.”
The six 2014 WISE Awards winning projects will be celebrated at a Gala Dinner during the sixth World Innovation Summit for Education, November 4-6, 2014, in Doha, Qatar.
For further information about WISE and the WISE Awards, please go to www.wise-qatar.org or http://www.wise-qatar.org/wise-awards