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WORLD INNOVATION SUMMIT FOR HEALTH PARTNER UP WITH WORLD INNOVATION SUMMIT FOR EDUCATION

 Panel Discussion Highlighted Links Between Education And Wellbeing

Doha, Qatar, 8 November 2015: The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) held a special debate on education and well-being with the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). The event marked the second collaboration between the two global initiatives of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF).

Held at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha on 5 November 2015, the session was aimed at ensuring influential outcomes are reached in healthcare and education innovation in Qatar, the region and across the globe. The partnership between the two global initiatives supports QF’s continuing efforts in making great strides to promote a well-rounded healthy and educated society.

Speakers at the session were CEO of WISH Mr Egbert Schillings, Director of Education Programming for CARE, USA Ms Joyce Adolwa, President of the Palestine Technical University Professor Marwan Awartani and Director of the European Institute of Education and Social Policy Ms Janet Looney. The 50 attendees of the session discussed the relationship between learning and well-being, including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual and ethical dimensions.

Mr Schillings said: “Access to quality healthcare and quality education are at the core of any thriving society. The brilliance of the vision of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, is to make a difference in these two pivotal, but complex, areas, not least through WISE and WISH. Because ultimately, investment in education will not achieve its goals if a society is unhealthy. In turn, only an educated population can make the right choices in their personal health care and become co-creators of health and wellbeing together with the system that serves them. The fact that QF invests in both of these areas is what makes it so distinctive.”

WISH has also established the Mental Health and Well-being in Children Forum, chaired by Professor the Lord Richard Layard, Wellbeing Program Director at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics (LSE). The Forum explored the role of education in well-being as part of its remit to produce evidence-based reports and provide recommendations for policymakers at the second WISH Summit that took place in February 2015 in Qatar.

WISH and WISE were both established under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, in 2013 and 2009 respectively. They are global communities of leading innovators who collaborate to address urgent challenges in health and education, with evidence-based solutions that benefit Qatar and the wider world.

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About the World Innovation Summit for Health:
The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) is a global healthcare community dedicated to capturing and disseminating the best evidence-based ideas and practices. WISH is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) and is under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, its Chairperson.

The inaugural WISH Summit took place in Doha in 2013 and convened more than 1,000 global healthcare leaders. Through international summits and a range of ongoing initiatives, WISH is creating a global community of leading innovators in healthcare policy, research and industry.

Together, they are harnessing the power of innovation to overcome the world’s most urgent healthcare challenges and inspire other stakeholders to action.

About the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE):
Qatar Foundation, under the leadership of its Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser launched the World Innovation Summit for Education in 2009. WISE is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action. Through the Summit and a range of ongoing programs, WISE has established itself as a global reference in new approaches to education, promoting innovation and partnership. The WISE Summit is taking place 3 to 5 November 2015, in Doha.

Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF) is a private, non-profit organisation that is supporting Qatar on its journey from carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential, for the benefit of not only Qatar, but the world.

Founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, QF is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. QF’s work encompasses education, research and community development. World-class universities are brought to Qatar to help create an education sector in which young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for a knowledge economy.

At the same time, QF builds Qatar’s innovation and technology capacity by developing and commercialising solutions through key sciences. The Foundation also works to foster a progressive society while enhancing cultural life, protecting Qatar’s heritage and addressing immediate social needs in the community.

For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, visit http://www.qf.org.qa

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