WISE introduces participants in its new Global Scholarship Program for Emerging Leaders

The 2019-2020 edition of WISE Emerging Leaders will kick off in Berlin next month

Seventeen young people from 13 countries from diverse backgrounds and from different disciplines have been selected to join the new World Summit for Innovation in Education (WISE) global fellowship programme: WISE Emerging Leaders (WEL).

In this first edition of the new global scholarship program for emerging leaders, promoted by the World Summit for Innovation in Education (WISE), which will begin in Berlin in April 2019, 17 young people from 13 countries, from diverse backgrounds and from different disciplines, who are between 24 and 32 years old, to participate in a series of collaborative and interactive modules on topics related to Education, from ethical leadership to social innovation facilitated by WISE and ASHOKA for increase the impact of their work and collaborate on the most pressing challenges (among which is the young Mexican who collaborates with the Generation organization, Gilda Colin).

The WEL program, an initiative of the Qatar Foundation, is a new global scholarship that aims to equip the next generation of education leaders with the tools, skills, networks and mindsets needed to make a positive impact in their communities and engage in the global dialogue on persistent issues in education.

Selected fellows, ages 24-32, will participate in a series of collaborative and interactive modules on topics ranging from ethical leadership to social innovation facilitated by WISE and ASHOKA -a global organization that identifies and invests in social entrepreneurs- to increase the impact of your work and collaborate on key challenges.

Through this collaboration, WISE wants to support and enhance promising initiatives in education by developing young talent within organizations like this one. Participants include young professionals from organizations that are part of the global WISE community, as well as social innovators who are actively involved in producing or designing educational initiatives within their own organizations or communities.

“WEL is a new program that aims to enable innovation in education,” said Stavros N. Yiannouka, CEO of WISE. And he added: “Working directly with seventeen young professionals who have been nominated by their organizations, WISE will provide training and guidance to these leaders as they develop and implement important educational initiatives. The first edition of WEL will welcome, among others, young professionals from Camfed, Minerva Project, HundrEd and Generation. Their organizations and WISE expect great things from them.”

The group of participants will meet in Berlin from 21 to 30 April this year, where they will participate in an action-based educational and leadership development module. In addition to completing residential instruction and taking online modules, young people will also contribute to their organizations by putting their new skills to use on a project that their organization identifies with. The project will be developed over the course of the program with personalized tutoring and guidance from WISE.

Brief biography of Gilda Colin

Gilda Colin, from Mexico, is an educational leader with experience designing and implementing innovative educational programs for the 21st century, helping young people hone the skills and mindset needed to succeed in a globalized world. She has been a Fulbright scholar and has completed a Master’s in International Education Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Gilda is currently the Global Design Manager at Generation, where she is responsible for the development of a global youth employment curriculum aimed at closing the skills gap that exists in different countries: Mexico, India, Spain, Kenya, England and the United States, among others.

It has also developed several innovative educational experiences, including an international entrepreneurship program for high school students and a global citizenship program that enables young people to understand global and local issues, take action in their communities, and build a more just and sustainable world.

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