GENE Global Education Network Europe

GENE Global Education Network Europe, Global Education Magazine

GENE (Global Education Network Europe) is the European network of Ministries, Agencies and other national bodies responsible for support, funding and policy-making in the field of Global Education. Started in 2001 with 6 national structures from 6 countries, GENE now has grown to facilitate the sharing of policy learning between over 30 Ministries, Agencies and other national bodies, from over 20 countries leading the provision of Global Education in Europe.

The most recent GENE networking meeting, GENE Roundtable 29, took place in Dublin, Ireland, in early May 2013, kindly hosted by the Development Cooperation Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland. The book ‘Global Education in Europe: Policy, Practice and Theoretical Challenges’, (eds. N. Forghani-Arani; H. Hartmeyer; E. O’Loughlin; L. Wegimont), was officially launched on this occasion (publishers Waxmann, 2013). Ministries and Agencies who have not participated in GENE previously, but would be interested in finding out more and possibly attending the next roundtable, should contact the GENE Secretariat – Click here.

Purpose, Aims, Vision

The purpose of GENE is to support national structures in their work of improving the quality and increasing the provision of Global Education in Europe. GENE achieves this purpose through networking, peer review and learning; strategy sharing; support, policy advice; and through policy research.

Since its inception in 2001, GENE could be described as having three main aims:

  • To share experience and strategies among existing and emerging national structures, in order to inform best practice nationally and provide mutual support and learning;
  • To disseminate learning from other countries in Europe, so that structures subsequently emerging will learn from this experience, and so that, eventually, all countries in Europe might have national coordinating structures for the increase and improvement of Global Education;
  • To develop and pursue a common European agenda on strengthening Global and Development Education.

GENE’s work is based on the vision of a universalist, rights-based approach to Global Education. GENE works towards the day when all people in Europe will have access to quality Global Education. This vision provides an ultimate benchmark for the results of the work of GENE.


GENE works towards the day when all people in Europe will have access to quality Global Education.

The network achieves this vision incrementally. It accomplishes its mission by:

  • Bringing together Ministries and Agencies regularly, through Roundtables;
  • Networking members and providing a platform for sharing of their strategies;
  • Engaging in peer learning, including facilitation of the European Global Education Peer Review Process;
  • Supporting members through advice, training/capacity building, briefing and policy support;
  • Engaging in policy research, supporting common projects, emphasising a focus on quality.


GENE uses the term “Global Education” in its work. The definition of Global Education used is taken from the Maastricht Declaration on Global Education in Europe (2003).

Global Education is education that opens people’s eyes and minds to the realities of the world, and awakens them to bring about a world of greater justice, equity and human rights for all. GE is understood to encompass Development Education, Human Rights Education, Education for Sustainability, Education for Peace and Conflict Prevention and Intercultural Education; being the global dimensions of Education for Citizenship.”

  • GENE pays particular attention to development education. While using the term Global Education, GENE also welcomes the use of specific national terms.
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