The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), has announced Doha Learning Days (DLD), the country’s first experiential learning festival, from November 14 to 19 in Education City.
Designed to be a space for incubation and a catalyst for innovation in education, the DLD festival will offer the community unique opportunities for active learning, experiential learning and reflection ahead of the global Summit that follows a week later.
In collaboration with more than 50 local partners and innovators, DLD is being held in the lead up to the WISE Summit, and will include activities that range from coding labs, wellness master classes, sensorial experiences, drumming, photography exhibitions and workshops, leadership master classes, hands-on science classes, to Lego Serious Play sessions, and many more.
“We focus on dialogue and conversation amongst a global community of educators, and this year we’re reflecting a commitment to take the Summit into the heart of our diverse community where our learners and educators can gain from our efforts and those of our partners to link education and innovation to help us build thriving societies,” said Stavros N Yiannouka, WISE CEO at a press conference.
Yiannouka discussed the overall vision of WISE and acknowledged the role initiatives such as DLD play in the educational enrichment of the community.
Dr Ibrahim al-Naimi, undersecretary, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, said, “The WISE Summit reflects the importance that our wise leadership places on education, and its persistent commitment to its development by welcoming world-class experiences and transferring them to our schools, and within our classrooms. This enhances our utilisation of interdisciplinary methodologies and improves our educational outcomes, enabling our students to compete at international universities, thereby contributing to our human development pillar and the realisation of Qatar National Vision 2030.”
The press conference included a panel discussion with its partner organisations; ExxonMobil, Qatar Rail, and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
Mohammed al-Hashimi, senior adviser, Government and Public Affairs, ExxonMobil Qatar, said, “Doha Learning Days is an important event that presents the local community with an exciting opportunity to engage in innovative and meaningful activities to help them explore education. Education is the fundamental building block of individual opportunity and economic growth – by supporting programmes that improve teaching and learning in these key areas, we’re dedicated to making a difference in our children’s lives and their future.”
Qatar Rail addressed their organisation’s role in community education, and what Qatar Rail hopes to achieve by collaborating with WISE. “We are committed to developing education in Qatar in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in co-operation with leading educational institutions in the State of Qatar, which allows us to reach a wide segment of the student community. Qatar Rail aims to encourage students to be creative, innovative, and link theoretical concepts and general knowledge with the practical side,”Ajlan Eid al-Enazi, chief of strategy & business development of Qatar Rail, added.