WISE Organizes a Global Dialogue on Education, Peace and Development in Tunis

Dr Sakena Yacoobi, 2015-2016 WISE Prize for Education Laureate and Ms Ouided Bouchamaoui, a representative of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, at the WISE Tunis Forum, May 26, 2016 (PRNewsFoto/WISE)

WISE Organizes a Global Dialogue on Education, Peace and Development in Tunis

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)

(Original article: WISE Initiative.  May 26, 2016)

On 26 May 2016, WISE brought together, for the first time, the current WISE Prize for Education Laureate, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, and a representative of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Ms Ouided Bouchamaoui, President of UTICA (the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts). Dr. Yacoobi, Founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning, has worked for over twenty years to bring education to fragile communities.

This high-level gathering also included local education specialists and internationally recognized leaders and experts from countries including Finland, Singapore, and the United Kingdom for a one-day forum at IHEC Carthage in Tunis, Tunisia. The event focused on the role of education in fostering peace and development.

The Tunis forum, produced with the support of BIAT (Banque Internationale Arabe de Tunisie), Ooredoo Tunisia, and IHEC Carthage, was an opportunity to engage key stakeholders in a dialogue for promoting social change, seeking employment solutions for Tunisian youth, as well as exploring innovative teaching and higher education priorities.

In the opening session, Dr. Yacoobi and Ms Bouchamaoui shared their experiences and described diverse strategies they pursued in their countries. A panel discussion with Dr. Yacoobi, a representative of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet and Mr. Stavros Yiannouka, CEO of WISE. Panelists explored best practices in education to promote peace and development. The International Broadcaster, Ms Zeinab Badawi, moderated both sessions.

The afternoon plenary session focused on entrepreneurship education. In parallel, two workshops designed specifically for Tunisian educators focused on youth employment and teaching. Students also had an opportunity to meet Dr. Sakena Yacoobi in an open discussion session.

This event was by registration only. 

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