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WISE Awards 2013

22 November 2013

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) was established by the Qatar Foundation in 2009 under the patronage of its Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. WISE is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action in order to improve the future of education through innovation. WISE is now an ongoing initiative and a global reference in new and innovative approaches to education. Through both the annual Summit and a range of continuing programmes WISE is promoting collaboration towards building future education.

Along with over 400 proposals submitted to WISE in 2012, Te Kotahitanga was proposed as a schoolwide support programme designed to raise student achievement by building classroom, school and system capability. It was selected as a final winner through a rigorous judging process that included WISE moderators visiting four Te Kotahitanga schools and preparing a report and a short DVD of the work for the WISE judges. Six projects were judged as this year’s winners.

In October 2013, Mere Berryman accepted the WISE award on behalf of the Te Kotahitanga project at this year’s summit held in the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha. Daniel Murfitt, Principal of William Colenso College in Napier was also in attendence. Mr Murfitt was given the opportunity to attend this summit by The Ministry of Education.

Mere spoke at the summit about improving educational achievement and outcomes for Māori students. Mere promoted the idea that schools become places where student’s identity as learners is nurtured and able to flourish. Mere explained how Te Kotahitanga seeks to address one of the major challenges facing education in New Zealand today, namely the continuing social, economic and political disparities between Pākehā and Māori.

The Te Kotahitanga team was honoured to be awarded one of the winning projects for 2013, thus leading the way for other indigenous nations seeking to maintain their educational success within their own cultural context. WISE supports and recognises how successful Te Kotahitanga has become, thus recognising just how effective and world leading Te Kotahitanga really is.

The WISE Summit attracted 150 of the world’s media who reported on both the Awards and the progress of other WISE initiatives. You can read one example of a different perspective here.

You can see the video of Mere speaking at the WISE Awards 2013 here

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