On 21 November 2019, HH Sheika Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation awarded the 2019 WISE Prize for Education Laureate to Larry Rosenstock, CEO, and founder of High Tech High, a network of public charter schools in San Diego, California. Mr. Rosenstock received the award at the opening session of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). The event included leaders in education from around the world, as well as thought leaders and experts in modern education.
Mr. Rosenstock praised past recipients of the award and offered hopeful words for the future of education stating:
“I am tremendously honored to receive this prize from such a distinguished jury. For me to be in the company of past winners of this prize, who have now made an impact on education around the world, is very moving…
I hope the prize will allow us to share the work of High Tech High students and teachers even more widely. The prize confirms two of my strongest beliefs: that the work of hands and minds can and must be integrated into our schools. And that all young people are capable of doing work that matters when we give them the opportunity.”
Additionally, the CEO of WISE Stavros Yiannouka said of the award and Mr. Rosenstock:
“The prize aims to raise awareness about the crucial role that education plays in all societies for creating a platform for innovative and practical solutions to alleviate some of the challenges around the world.
The work of the 2019 laureate encapsulates the essence of the prize. His decades-long work on education was a force for positive individual and social transformation manifested through impactful work and tangible achievements as a visionary educator, policymaker, thinker, and social entrepreneur.”
QAI congratulates Mr. Rosenstock and the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) for their successful efforts in advancing education around the world.