Applications for the 2014 WISE Awards will be accepted until January 15, 2014 through the WISE website.

Watch the video and spread the word to your contacts to make sure great projects get the recognition they deserve!

Six new WISE Documentaries take you around the world to discover how this year’s six WISE Awards winning projects are transforming society and contributing to the future of education. Watch the videos to find out how Te Kotahitanga in New Zealand, Pathways to Education in Canada and in Morocco are improving learning opportunities for indigenous, underprivileged and minority groups in their respective countries. Discover how PEAS is focusing on secondary education across Africa and iThra Youth Initiative is making STEM more attractive in Saudi Arabia. Explore ALISON’s innovative education model that uses technology to provide quality learning around the world.

Each film illustrates how the 2013 WISE Awards winning projects have been implemented to overcome on-the-ground educational and social challenges through creative thinking and innovative use of resources. The documentaries highlight the work of the people behind the project and how it impacts beneficiaries.

If you are attending WISE 2013, take a few minutes to watch these documentaries at the WISE Awards booth and also meet project representatives to find out more.

View to a skill: The next big education player?

ALISON has been featured by Seán Coughlan, BBC News Education correspondent in an article today, October 30th on BBC News — find the article here:

ALISON is one of the world's leading online education providers

We are delighted to be featured in this BBC Business article — showcasing our sustainable method of providing education for free worldwide without compromising our interests and or mission. ALISON CEO, Mike Feerick, noted that “the people we’re helping do not have a huge voice,” consequently attaining publicity against competition from ‘media darlings’ of Western university institutions and Silicon Valley ventures has been more difficult.

This breakthrough showcases the impact of ALISON’s pioneering of free open online education in providing for those who wish to learn vocational skills—those with the greatest requirement for the opportunities gifted by education with otherwise little opportunity to avail of them with local resources — low-skilled workers, the unemployed and immigrants.

Feerick concluded that: “education underpins all social progress. It’s the tool of the most ambitious revolutionary in these technological times, you can change the world if you can change education.”

Find the full article here for more:

The stage is set for the 5th Annual WISE Summit, October 29-31 2013, in Doha, Qatar.

The three-day annual Summit will bring together more than 1,200 participants from diverse sectors to explore how innovation can close the gap between education, learning and life, making education more relevant to address real-world challenges.

Representatives of the 2013 WISE Awards winning projects will be taking part in various sessions and networking activities. On Day 1 and Day 3 (October 29 and 31), representatives of the six winning projects will also briefly present their initiative on the WISE Spotlight stage. Each presentation will be followed by a 10-minute Q&A session with the floor participants. You too can send your comments and questions to this year’s winning projects’ representatives through the interactive Summit program page or via Twitter using the #WISE13 and #WISEAwards

The six winning projects will be showcased at the WISE Awards Booth where participants can meet project representatives and find out more about the growing network of innovators.  WISE Awards network including previous winning project representatives, Jurors, Pre-Jurors and Finalists will also be present at the event.

WISE Awards Activities Overview


Day 1, October 29 on WISE Spotlight Stage
13:20 – 13:40 => iThra Youth Initiative
13:40 – 14:00 => PEAS
14:00 – 14:20 =>
14:20 – 14:40 => Te Kotahitanga

Day 3, October 31 on WISE Spotlight Stage
13:50 – 14:10 => ALISON
14:50 – 15:10 => Pathways to Education

On Day 2 the WISE Awards winning projects will be honored at the Gala Dinner WISE Awards Ceremony. Singer-songwriter and activist Angélique Kidjo from Benin will be performing at the Event.


Date: October 30, 2013
Time: 19.30 – 21.30
Venue: Gala Dinner, Conference Hall, Qatar National Convention Center

Find out more about this year’s program at 2013 WISE Summit Homepage.

ALISON continues to ‘Break Down The Barriers’ when it comes to education and Euronews today released a special documentary on the work being carried out by the education company in providing free workplace skills online.

Euronews compiled the documentary ahead of ALISON’s CEO, Mike Feerick, accepting the World Innovation Summit for Education Award in Doha next week. ALISON was chosen as one of six winners following a thorough review process by international education experts for its outstanding quality and exceptional impact on Education through innovation.

The video features ALISON graduates Sunil (India) and Karolina (Poland) giving testimonials of how ALISON has furthered their careers and professional development in flexible ways.

To see the video, click the link below:

The Citizens Foundation was invited to attend the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) event being held in New York in September this year. Mr. Danial Noorani, founder and CEO, TCF-USA represented the organization. TCF was also invited to attend the CGI meetings in 2011 and managed to exceed the commitment made at the forum, by enrolling 13,000 out-of-school children from less privileged communities. In 2013 TCF commits to leveraging technology to improve the quality of teacher training across its extensive network of schools. The forum gives CGI members an opportunity to present new and fulfilled commitments, develop new partnerships and recognize the innovative action currently underway by CGI members across the world.

President Bill Clinton established the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in 2005 to turn ideas into action. From presidents to academics, from the boardroom to the classroom, CGI members from all walks of life are creating positive change around the world. It annually brings together global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. The CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs and major philanthropists. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which have improved the lives of over 400 million people in more than 180 countries.

Here at ALISON, our vision is to make quality learning free throughout the entire world using the power of the internet.

Education and learning need to be set free – and new education and communication technologies now make this possible.

At a recent conference on Youth Employment Opportunities held in Washington DC, USA, our Founder and CEO Mike Feerick was invited to speak about the exciting possibilities before us. He talked about many familiar topics, from youth unemployment, empowering women, reaching the 5 Billion, overcoming the teacher shortage, to how our attitude to dynamic competency-based certification and innovation radically needs to change.

Above all, Feerick outlines how free education can become universal, dynamic and empowering, if we allow new educational opportunities and methodologies to flourish.

See the video here: How to Educate the World for Free

The 2013 WISE Summit, Reinventing Education for Life, will study how innovation can close the gap between education, learning and life.

Learning is fundamental to life. It is key to each individual’s ability to connect with others and to participate fully in professional, cultural and civic life. Learning is also about the ability to think independently, to adapt to change and to live meaningfully and well.

Too often, though, learners lack access to quality, relevant learning whether they are in the developed or developing world. Indeed, there is a widening gap between the learning we have and the learning we need to meet the challenges and aspirations of societies and individuals around the world.

To address this, the 2013 WISE Summit, Reinventing Education for Life, will study how innovation can close the gap between education, learning and life.

More than 1,200 prominent education, corporate, political and social leaders from over 100 countries will take part in three days of debate, dialogue and networking. View the full program.

If you are unable to join us at WISE 2013, share your thoughts and participate in discussions on Twitter (#WISE13). Sessions and debates will be broadcast live on the WISE website. You can also ask a question or send your comments to Speakers and Moderators through the Program Sessions page.