Strengthened policy frameworks at European level have helped the development and improvement of Global Education throughout Europe. They provide a cornerstone, as well as benchmarks for coherent approaches. When read in conjunction with the growing number of national strategy and policy documents in the field, it is clear that development and global education have, in the past decade, moved significantly from the margins towards the mainstream of development and education policy and provision. Global Education is understood to be a necessary part of education systems and a prerequisite for the informed engagement in public discourse of all citizens; it is a public good to which all should have access.
These policy frameworks and the emerging rights-based approach provide a clear opportunity for increased and improved strategic work in the field. They also provide an opportunity for greater coherence between European and national level actions – which could lead to greater combined effect and synergy.
Below one can access a number of key European policy frameworks.