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Monday, December 11, 2017, 20:40
Yidan Prize laureates envision new education philosophy
By Carrie Qiu
Monday, December 11, 2017, 20:40 By Carrie Qiu

Vicky Colbert, winner of the Yidan Prize Inaugural Award, speaks during the Yidan Prize Summit 2017 at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong on Dec 11, 2017. (PARKER ZHENG / CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG – The educational Yidan Prize winners shared their educational philosophy with education experts across the world on Monday as they announced their plan to start a joint research and development project after receiving HK$60 million altogether for educational research.

The two recipients of the inaugural Yidan Prize revealed during the Yidan Prize Summit 2017 in Hong Kong on Monday that they are working together on a “strategic plan” that combines their educational work.

The prize is not just a prize, but a huge opportunity to think big. 

Carol S Dweck, Winner of Yidan Prize 

Tencent co-founder Charles Chen Yidan established the prize in Hong Kong last year to celebrate educators who have made great contributions to the world.

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Every year the awards recognize two laureates – one in the field of educational research and the other in educational development. Each has a cash prize of HK$15 million and a project fund of HK$15 million. 

The prize is managed by Yidan Prize Foundation in Hong Kong and governed by an independent trust with an endowment of HK$2.5 billion.

Carol S Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford University who received the Yidan Prize for Education Research, developed the groundbreaking concept of “growth mindset”. The belief is that the students’ intellectual abilities are not fixed – they can be increased by appropriate motivations.

Joining Dweck is the Yidan Prize for Education Development laureate Vicky Colbert, founder and director of the Colombian organization Fundación Escuela Nueva, a project that has strived to improve the quality of education at rural public schools in Colombia since the mid-1970s.

“The prize is not just a prize, but a huge opportunity to think big,” said Dweck when announcing the duo’s joint project at the summit.

The summit gathered more than 20 leading educators from across the world, investors and thought leaders in education to share their thoughts on reshaping education.

Talking about education in the future, Dweck said education must aim to prepare students for the real world and to contribute to society, instead of memorizing information and sitting for tests.

“The goal of education is to create joyful, effective learning … (students) will take their skills and values to shape the world tomorrow,” said Dweck.

Colbert, similarly, believed in a trend toward flexibility and self-paced learning in future classrooms – different children learn at different rhythms.

She also said cooperative learning should be used more widely in future education, when children learn from “teaching each other”.


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