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WISE Book Probes Education-Employment Gap

November 15, 2012

DOHA, Qatar, November 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Latest WISE Book “Learning a Living: Radical Innovation in Education for
Work” offers tangible solutions to rebuilding the relationship between education and the

world of work.

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) has launched Learning a Living:
Radical Innovation in Education for Work, a 160-page book that explores ways to improve
links between education and today’s rapidly changing job markets.

The publication is based on 15 case studies and personal stories emerging from
forward-thinking educational projects around the world that were identified through the
WISE community, including winners of the WISE Awards which showcase and promote
educational projects that have a transformative effect upon society.

The book focuses on a critical issue: the failure of education systems to equip
students adequately for today’s labor market, and consequently to become productive
members of their societies. With the number of college graduates rising, unemployment
rates among under-25-year-olds have reached virtually unprecedented levels around the
world. Examples from countries such as the United States, where 1.4 trillion dollars* are
spent on education each year, while the youth unemployment rate rises steadily, illustrate
the disconnect between education and employment, and reinforce the need to find new ways
to bridge the skills gap.

Through statistics, interviews, case studies and photographs, the latest WISE Book
highlights the need for innovation in preparing students for work and life in the 21st
century. Learning a Living argues that change is necessary in both education systems and
the workplace, but the implications go further and readers are drawn to a suitably
important conclusion: Making it easier to acquire skills is no longer enough; today’s
students must also acquire entrepreneurial values in order to create the opportunities
that will make a real difference for themselves and society.

The authors are a team of innovation specialists: Valerie Hannon, Sarah Gillinson and
Leone Shanks. WISE also commissioned photographer Reza Deghati (known as Reza) to create
vivid images that bring the case studies to life.

For more information, as well as photographs, video and commentary from the world tour
and the making of the book, please visit:


The book “Learning a Living: Radical Innovation in Education for Work” is published by
Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing. A paperback edition and an electronic edition of
the book will be available internationally (price GBP24.99) as of January 2013.

Media contact : Adeline Deliau – media@wise-initiative.org – +974-55-60-95-06

SOURCE World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)

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