Global Education Ideas Award
GENE recognises the importance of innovation in Global Education through its Global Education Ideas Award. The Award is focused on new ideas for Global Education initiatives that facilitate transformative learning and open peoples’ eyes and minds to the realities of the world, locally and globally. It promotes Global Education that brings about this change through creativity, participation, direct action, synergies and innovation, to inspire public policy.
At the 2017 and 2018 Meetings of the International Selection Committee (ISC) of the Global Education Innovation Awards and the GENE Board, the participants proposed to move from recognising existing Global Education initiatives, to supporting the development of new ideas through the Global Education Ideas Award.
There are many challenging questions that Global Education practitioners and policy makers face in their realities: “How do we engage people who are not easy to reach?”, “How can innovative Global Education transform attitudes of those whose values differ from those associated with Global Education, such as solidarity, social justice, non-violence?”, “How do we engage in ‘political literacy’, empowering people to act in order to change national and international policies?”, “How do we strengthen Global Education practices not only at the level of the individual but also at the collective and ultimately societal levels?”
With the Global Education Ideas Award, GENE wishes to encourage experimentation, the exploration of new approaches and ways to address the different issues that are pressing the local and global realities, in both formal and non-formal educational settings. GENE believes that opportunities to change in new, non-traditional and innovative ways need to be supported, applauded and recognised. GENE is aware that most Global Education funds encourage highlighting results rather than innovation, and leave little or no space for reflecting on failure. Yet, research shows that policymakers and others can learn invaluable lessons from failure, as it often results in new breakthroughs and in creative thought based on new thinking (Nedergaard, P. 2006).
Reflecting on the previous editions of the Award, and what is already part of the Global Education practice, there is a need to encourage new ideas and the freedom to experiment. The Ideas award recognises the need to encourage innovation at the “drawing board” stage.
Purpose of the Award
To offer recognition to inspiring ideas for Global Education initiatives in Europe that facilitate transformative learning.
To collect examples of innovative ideas in Global Education and disseminate learning to policymakers throughout Europe.
2019 IDEAS AWARD
In 2019, GENE awarded 3 promising global education ideas with €10,000.
In this brochure, you will see a presentation of the three selected initiatives of the Global Education Ideas Award 2019. You will also find information about the selection process, selection criteria and the international selection committee.
2019 Selection Committee Testimonials
Promoting innovation in the global education sector is not a trivial matter. It is a great challenge and it can give fantastic results. From a simple but effective idea something amazing can emerge that has positive effects on many people. Supporting projects and organisations in this area is a duty of all institutions, public and private, local and international. GENE is doing a tremendous job in this area and I very much hope it can continue in the coming years with the support of CONCORD Europe and the Development Cooperation NGOs, who are always strong advocates for Global Citizenship Education. Such an initiative is a big step towards achieving public recognition that investing in Global Education and Global Citizenship Education is fundamental for the future of open, inclusive, peaceful, progressive societies.” – Francesca Romana Minniti, Policy & Advocacy Coordinator, CONCORD Europe
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