Uganda Scoops Position As 2013 WISE Awards Finalist

approved price geneva;”>Promoting Equality in African Schools (PEAS), cialis 40mg a project which is the result of a unique public-private partnership with the Ugandan government has been selected as one of the finalists.

This education initiative was on Monday selected for demonstrating new approaches to secondary education as it sets to win the grand prize of approximately Shs 52 million ($20,000).

PEAS currently has 21 innovative secondary schools in Uganda that reach nearly 8,000 young people and has launched a mobile, solar classroom to provide access to technology and global best practices in education.

It is as a result of a unique public-private partnership with the Ugandan government that makes high-quality secondary education possible for families at all income levels.

John Rendel, PEAS CEO said: “This is a global recognition of our efforts to expand access to high-quality secondary education across Uganda through new approaches and technology.”

Rendel noted that the model works to ensure schools are self-sustaining through government funds, school fees and private contributions in less than 12 months.

“This despite the fact that schools receive on average 70 per cent less government funding than other equivalent schools,” he said.

It should be noted that in Uganda only 20 per cent of the country’s villages have secondary schools, although 80 per cent have schools at the primary level.

“PEAS seeks to unlock the potential of Africa by delivering equal access to affordable, quality secondary education is looking at creating 10,000 new secondary school places across Sub-Saharan Africa by 2017,” said Rendel.

He added that they have developed a mobile, solar education model that provides access to new technology in rural areas.

WISE selected projects from around the globe to represent the world’s best work in education by non-governmental organizations, charity groups, cultural institutions and the private sector and demonstrate real-world solutions to today’s most difficult education challenges.

Created in 2009, this Award program recognizes innovative approaches to solving real-world obstacles to education, with the objective of replicating these approaches in other parts of the world.

Selected by a jury of international education experts, projects showcase unique way of solving some of today’s most difficult issues in education.

This year’s Finalists demonstrate that today’s education barriers have no borders, as projects respond to global issues such as access to education and employability.

H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Ph.D., Chairman of WISE and Chairman of the WISE Awards Jury states: “This year’s WISE Awards Finalist projects are truly inspiring in their creativity and commitment to addressing challenges in education.”

“The projects are from all over the world and are extremely diverse, yet the obstacles they are working to overcome can be found in many places and relate to some of the most difficult problems facing education today,” he added.

Ali Al-Thani emphasized that these Awards identify projects that are producing results and showcase them as good practices for others to replicate – promoting change, community by community.

He also noted that finalists were selected based on a strict set of criteria including a project’s ability to show innovative thinking, demonstrate a concrete impact on education within a community and an ability to be replicated in other parts of the world.

Of the fourteen finalists, a jury of international education experts will choose six winning projects which will be announced in September and showcased at the 2013 WISE Summit in Doha, taking place October 29-31, 2013 and will receive $20,000.

WISE is the only international initiative for innovation in education that stimulates collaboration and new approaches among diverse sectors – recognizing cutting-edge practices and helping to share them on an international scale.

It is driven by the belief that the positive contribution to education can be enhanced through innovation in three priority areas: Learning for All, Learning for Life and Learning Anytime, Anywhere


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