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Wenhui (文 晖) Award for Educational Innovation 2016

Wenhui (文 晖) Award for Educational Innovation 2015

   Innovative Partnerships for Quality Inclusive Education

The Wenhui Award sponsors, Jury Members and Award Secretariat would like to express our appreciation to all applicants, nominees, referees and supporters for their commitment and dedication in providing and enhancing quality learning opportunities for all, particularly to those most disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalized.

We are truly humbled to read about the challenges and efforts made by the applicants and their partners to ensure that everyone, everywhere can live better lives if they are given the chance to learn in school and out of school, in urban or rural areas, with assistance or on their own.

The theme for this year’s award focuses on partnerships. It is clear that no one can do it alone. All forms of support and contribution from partners – governments, academia, communities and private sector – are very much needed especially in times of limited resources. It is indeed very encouraging to find that the spirit of giving and collaboration is very much alive today.

Although only two winners and a small number of honourable commendations can be selected, the Jury unanimously concurred that every applicant is a winner because through his/her efforts, someone else’s life has improved.

We are very pleased to announce the results of the Wenhui Award for Educational Innovation 2016.

Here is the link to News from UNESCO


Shortlisted applications

  • uni 2 beyond [Centre for Disability Studies, Affiliate of the University of Sydney, Australia]

uni 2 beyond is a programme at the University of Sydney designed for people with intellectual disabilities enabling them to participate in all aspects of university life, including vocational pathways through internships and links to corporate Australia.

  • Youth Leading the World to Sustainable, Just and Peaceful Futures (YLTW) [OzGREEN Global Rivers Environmental Education Network Australia Inc. (OzGREEN), Australia]

As one of Oz GREEN’s initiatives, the Youth Leading the World project trains youth and communities to equip them with the right tools so that they can create sustainable futures through partnerships with local community organizations, business, government, schools, universities, and environmental and youth organizations.

  • Educational Innovations for Quality Inclusive Education [Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), Bangladesh]

The Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), a leading NGO in Bangladesh, provides multi-faceted programmes and services (e.g., multi-grade classes, remedial and preventive education services to slow learners and early childhood development programmes) to improve the quality of life for all, particularly the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged groups through strong partnerships with a consortium of NGOs and international organizations.

  • Parvarish – The Museum School [Organization for Awareness of Integrated Social Security (OASiS), India]

OASiS, a social innovation laboratory, established the Museum School to bring quality education to the urban poor and to remove the educational disparity between the rich and poor. Partnerships with museums, teacher training institutions, professionals, artists and local communities provide easy and free access to quality educational opportunities to those left out of the formal system.

  • Sustainable Activity-based Environment Education (SABEE) [The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India]

Recognizing a lack of teachers who are trained specifically to teach environmental education, the project aimed to build the capacity of various subject teachers to adopt and use activity-based methods and resources that will promote transformative learning.

  • Community Centres [Science of Life Studies 247 (SOLS 24/7), Malaysia]

The community centres established by SOLS 24/7 offer free education to under-served communities in Malaysia. Students from low- to middle-income households are taught English language, computing, life skills and community development to enhance their education and employability in close collaboration with government agencies, corporate foundations, NGOs, international organizations and local communities.

  • Community Transformation through Social Entrepreneurship [Noraini Abu Talib, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia]

The Community Transformation project, relying on collaboration among faculty and community partners, NGOs and government agencies, provides university students enrolled in a social entrepreneurship course with opportunities to learn in real world contexts and develop their skills in engaging with the communities, and in turn assisting small businesses in rural communities to develop and grow their enterprises.

  • Disabilities Opportunity Internetworking and Technology: Enhanced Program for Sustainable Postsecondary Education among Adolescents with Special Needs (DO-IT Malaysia) [Sau Cheong Loh, University of Malaya, Malaysia]

To help prepare children with special needs to live independently as adults, the Disabilities Opportunity Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT Malaysia) project was designed to help high-functioning adolescents with special needs transit from secondary to tertiary education. Partnering with secondary schools, universities, counsellors, mentors and parents, a variety of activities were conducted including holiday camps, parent-child project, parental concern workshop, e-mentoring programme and so on.

  • Projek New Leaf / UMCares [Zuraidah Abdullah, University of Malaya, Malaysia]

The New Leaf Project was set up to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of poor urban students and school dropouts in three basic subjects: English, Malay language and Mathematics. The intensive classes were designed, with support and assistance of volunteers and NGOs, specially to help those who could not keep up with the formal teaching and learning approaches in their schools.

  • Reaching Out to the World through Innovative Partnership with via Taylor’s Massive Open Online Courses [Integrated Teaching and Life-long Learning Centre, Taylor’s University, Malaysia]

Taylor’s University MOOC was initiated to narrow educational inequality by offering higher learning opportunities to anyone, anywhere interested in learning, in line with the University’s e-learning strategic plan for fostering lifelong learning. Partnership with was instrumental for the development of the MOOC project.

  • The Whole-Child, Whole-School, Whole-Community Inclusive School Program [MindHaven School Inc., Philippines]

The Inclusive Program of MindHaven School targets pre-school and elementary school children from all economic backgrounds and with various needs. The programme necessitates a three-way partnership arrangement involving the school, home and community, centred on the whole-child development and on real-life issues. 

  • Specialised Schools for Students at Risk of Dropping Out [Institute of Technical Education, Singapore]

The Singapore Ministry of Education established two specialised schools (NorthLight School and Assumption Pathway School) to provide students at risk of dropping out with a customised three-year skills training programme to better prepare them for life, with input from the Institute of Technical Education on policy guidelines, networks, infrastructure and resources.

  • Youth Employment Solutions (YES!) Digital Ecosystem [Plan International in Asia, Thailand]

 The Youth Employment Solutions (YES!) Digital Ecosystem offers a “one-stop-eShop” for youth employment professionals and young people, aiming to make the design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of education and skills development programmes easier, more cost-efficient, friendlier and accessible to teachers and students. Corporate and development partners have played significant roles in developing and implementing the project.


And congratulations to the winners and honourable commendations!




Honourable Commendations


For a short write-up about the winners and honourable commendations, please go to link to page with summaries.