The European Global Education Peer Review process grew out of a recommendation of the Maastricht Congress (2002), and the recognition that Global Education improvement at national level can be enhanced by international peer review and strategy learning. GENE facilitates the European Global Education Peer Review Process, providing the secretariat, and funding and expertise is provided by GENE participating Ministries and Agencies.
The main aim of the process is to increase and improve the structures for, support for, access to, and results of Global Education in European countries. National Reports, and the processes leading to them, act as a tool to enhance quality and reach nationally, provide learning for policymakers and practitioners in other countries, and provide for the possibility of international comparative analysis, bench marking, and improved policy making.
To date ten Peer Review processes have been undertaken – of Cyprus (pilot review early 2004), Finland (late 2004), Netherlands (2005), Austria (2006), the Czech Republic (2008), Norway and Poland (2009-10). A Peer Review Follow-Up process with Finland was also facilitated in 2010-2011, and a report on this launched in March 2011. A Peer Review National Report of GE in Slovakia was launched in February 2014. A Peer Review Process with Portugal has also been finalised and the Report launched at a European level in Brussels on 3rd October 2014, and the national launch took place in the national Parliament in Lisbon on 28th October 2014. A Peer Review National Report of GE in Ireland was launched in the MFA offices, Dublin, in November 2015. Further Peer Reviews are being scheduled in a 2016-18 time-frame.
Peer Review processes generally involve a launch of the national report, and a follow-up process with the countries involved.