WISE Sessions at SXSWedu 2016

People talking during the 2015 WISE Summit

WISE Sessions at SXSWedu 2016

This year, WISE is partnering with SXSWedu (South by South West Edu) Conference & Festival and will co-host four WISE Sessions at the heart of this four-day event, to be held from March 7 to 10 in Austin, Texas, USA. This event, recognized as a platform for creative collaboration on the future of education, brings together each year over 5 000 thinkers and doers from all sectors.  

By partnering such an event, WISE intends to broaden the global dialogue on innovation and education, strengthen collaborations between communities and sectors and shed light on creative teaching and learning initiatives that are transforming societies. 

Sessions will focus on innovative and practical solutions to address some of the key challenges facing education.

On March 7 and 8, a Panel and a Workshop on education and employment will examine efficient strategies to close the burgeoning skills gap. 

A second Panel discussion will focus on the contributions of social entrepreneurs to the education sector and shed light on concrete practices to boost social entreprises that are making a positive impact on teaching and learning. 

Lastly, on March 9, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, 2015-16 WISE Prize for Education Laureate, will address SXSWedu delegates to share her extraordinary experience and vision as the founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL). Dr. Yacoobi's tireless efforts have helped bring quality education to millions of children, especially girls and women in Afghanistan.

For more information regarding these four sessions and the speakers on each one, please scroll down:

PANEL: Stimulating Social Enterprises' Impact in Education

Date: Monday, March 7 
Time: 2:00PM - 3:00PM 
Location: Hilton Austin Downtown Salon C

Summary: Current education  systems are struggling to meet the rapid pace of change and the needs of millions of learners. Through innovative models and mindsets, social entrepreneurs aim to fill the gaps left open by traditional actors, whether in terms of access, pedagogies or learning tools.

The panel will explore the ways in which out-of-the-box ideas are complementing the existing educational offer and setting the guidelines for innovative and quality education. It will also examine how education systems could better support new practices in education and the ways in which we should nurture their entrepreneurial spirit to find the right solutions. 

#Socent

Moderator:

Mr. Sébastien Turbot,
Director of Global Programs and Content,
WISE

Speakers:


Ms Marie Leznicki,
Chief Experience Officer, 
Bridge International Academies
Rodrigo Baggio,
Founder and President,
CDI Center for Digital Inclusion

Mr. Asif Saleh,
Senior Director, Strategy,
Communications and Empowerment,
BRAC and BRAC International 

See more on the SXSWedu website


PANEL: Education & employment in a changing world of work

 
Date: Monday, March 7
Time: 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Location: Hilton Austin Downtown Salon C

Summary: All nations are facing profound transformations in their economy, which are due in part to the advancements of technology. These shifts have started to greatly reshape the world of work as well as the skills required to answer new needs. But are education systems and services sufficiently adapting to prepare individuals for a changing job market?

The panel will examine the required skills and collaborations to address this challenge. The conversation will also focus on ways to anticipate new developments and play a proactive role in shaping tomorrow’s economy. Lastly, it will explore the translations of this debate in education systems, such as teaching methodologies or curricula.

#skillsgap

Moderator :

Ms Maryanna Abdo,
Emerging Markets Education Director,
Parthenon-EY

Speakers:

Mr. Brandon Busteed,
Executive Director of Education
and Workforce Development,
Gallup

Mr. Mike Feerick,
CEO,
ALISON
Ms. Dina Pasic,
Program Officer,
WISE - Qatar Foundation

See more on the SXSWedu website


WORKSHOP: Education & Employment: Exploring New Solutions

Date: Tuesday, March 8
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Location: Hilton Austin Downtown Salon K 

Summary: One of the biggest issues of our time is addressing the challenges of a disruptive world of work. In this view, how to build education ecosystems that efficiently prepare us for the job market while also empowering us to shape the 21st century economy?

A practical continuation of the Panel on "Education and Employment", this workshop will explore hands-on solutions to the main challenges of this changing world. In the format of a World Café, a dynamic and structured method, the session will host concomitant discussions led and supported by specialists. The aim is to generate and inspire new ideas from the collective understanding and insights of participants. 

Facilitators:


Mr. Mike Feerick,
CEO,
ALISON

Ms Marie Leznicki,
Chief Experience Officer, 
Bridge International Academies
Ms Maryanna Abdo,
Emerging Markets Education Director,
Parthenon-EY

Mr. Asif Saleh,
Senior Director, Strategy,
Communications and Empowerment,
BRAC and BRAC International 
Ms. Dina Pasic,
Program Officer,
WISE - Qatar Foundation
Rodrigo Baggio,
Founder and President,
CDI Center for Digital Inclusion

Mr. Sébastien Turbot,
Director of Global Programs and Content,
WISE
   

See more on the SXSWedu website
 

KEYNOTE: Education, Development and Peace in Afghanistan

Date: Wednesday, March 9 

Time: 11:00AM - 12:00PM 

Location: Austin Convention Center Room 18ABC 

Summary: Laureate of the 2015 WISE Prize for Education, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi will share her inspirational experience in rebuilding Afghanistan’s educational landscape in the past two decades. Blending storytelling and lessons learned, Dr. Yacoobi will unveil a fascinating and challenging life story, which echoes that of her country and people. From working in refugee camps in Pakistan to supporting underground schools during the Taliban regime until today, Dr. Yacoobi’s groundbreaking and visionary approach has empowered 12 million Afghans through education. 

#letgirlslearn

Participants 

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi
Founder & CEO, 
Afghan Institute of Learning

See more on the SXSWedu website
 

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