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Teach for All Founder Wendy Kopp Named as one of the 2017 Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award Winners

The founder of an education network that encourages graduates to try their hand at teaching and a Saudi organisation that seeks to empower young people are among the winners of the fourth Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award.

The awards, announced ahead of the annual Knowledge Summit 2017 on Tuesday, looks to promote and help build a knowledge economy and encourage intellectual and creative achievements by honouring the people behind them.

Saudi Arabia’s MiSK Foundation, which specialises in developing educational institutions and supporting scientific research, is among those that will be honoured.

Others are renowned Japanese scientist Hiroshi Komiyama and American Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach For America and current chief executive of Teach For All, which seeks to encourage students to work as teachers for two years after university.