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The WISE Prize
for Education
Established in 2011 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza
bint Nasser, the WISE Prize for Education is the first
distinction of its kind to recognize an individual
or a team of up to six people for an outstanding,
world-class contribution to education.
The WISE Prize for Education raises the status of
education by giving it similar prestige to other
areas for which international prizes exist --such as
literature, peace, and economics. The WISE Prize
for Education Laureate, announced at the annual
Summit’s Opening Plenary Session, receives a
gold medal and $500,000 (US).
The 2014 WISE Prize for Education was presented to
Ms Ann Cotton, Founder and President of Camfed.
In 1993, Cotton founded the Campaign for Female
Education, which sponsors programs designed
and implemented by communities to fully suit their
unique needs. The organization takes a holistic
approach by working in partnership with all the
constituencies that influence a girl’s education
and life choices to break the cycle of poverty,
child marriage, high birth rates, and high rates
of HIV/AIDS. H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation,
and Ms Ann Cotton, 2014 WISE Prize for Education Laureate.
Innovative, community-led education programs
have already benefitted over three million children
in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania, and
Malawi, and are implemented across 5,085 partner
schools in 115 rural districts.
The 2015 Call for Nominations
WISE welcomes nominations by individuals or institutions - including schools, international organizations
and private companies - from anywhere in the world.
Nominations should demonstrate how nominees have had a significant and lasting impact upon education
at any level, and have displayed an inspiring and visionary approach.
Nominations will be accepted
from February 2 to March 31, 2015
Nominations should be submitted using the 2015 WISE Prize for Education
online nomination system at
The nomination process should be conducted with the highest degree of confidentiality:
the subject should not be aware of the nomination. Self-nominations will not be accepted
and only the Laureate’s name will be made public.
The Selection Process
Nominations will be screened by an expert Committee which will make a pre-selection of no more than
15 candidates, whose identities will not be made public. An international Jury of distinguished individuals
will then consider these nominees and select the Laureate who will be announced at the 2015 Summit,
November 3-5, 2015 in Doha, Qatar.
The Laureates since 2011
Ms Ann Cotton, Founder and President of Camfed,
United Kingdom:
“We must learn from the girl in Zimbabwe who says,
“We want quality education, because we are children
of quality.” This is how we change the world. ”
Dr. Madhav Chavan, Co-founder and CEO of Pratham, India:
“Just as you need air, just as you need water, just as
you need food, you need education.”
Ms Vicky Colbert, Founder and Director of Fundación Escuela
Nueva, Colombia:
“Learning to be, learning to know, learning to do,
and learning to live together, these form the basis
for peace and democracy.”
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairman of BRAC,
“I am guided by an ideal of a world free from all
forms of exploitation and discrimination. Education
is the answer to this quest.”
“ The WISE Prize was launched in 2011 to recognize individual and collective achievement in
education – in the way that Nobel prizes recognize contributions to science and literature.”
BBC News
“The WISE Prize aims to place education on the same level as other disciplines such
as medicine, the sciences, economics and the arts.”
Press Trust India
“The highlight of the Summit was the announcement of the winner of the WISE Prize
for Education – the first such accolade in the field of education.”
New African
“There was no Nobel Prize for Education? Qatar Foundation has just invented it.”
Le Monde