Dayo Adesulu reporting from Qatar
THE CHAIRMAN of the World Innovative Summit for Education (WISE), Dr. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani has stated that Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup has inspired them to rededicate their energies towards achieving the highest possible quality education for the youth in the world.
He reiterated that even though the oil rich country has 12 years to host the coveted world tournament, work had already begun, not only in infrastructural investment but also in education and youth development.
In spites of the country’s financially buoyancy, Al-Thani however solicits the support of the media, both home and abroad to use their influences to attract people into the debate of mobilizing resources towards achieving that goal.
He made the assertion in the on-going 2010 WISE summit while addressing participants at the second edition of the education summit which brought together about 1,200 participants from all over the world including local and foreign journalists. Prominent delegates from Africa include: Former Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos, Prof Tolu Odugbemi who is presently the Vice Chancellor of Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Prof Semeon Achinewhu. While delegates from Ghana include Prof Clifford Nii Boi Tagoe, former Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Coast and Akumaa Mama Zimbi, who was awarded a $20,000 by the Qatar Foundation (QF) in Doha last year to support her Widows Alliance Network for Sustainable Economic Development (WANE) initiative.
WISE, a non-profit organization which focuses on education, scientific research and community development seeks to positively impact on education challenges in this 21st century