GENE – Global Education Network Europe – recognises the importance of innovation in Global Education through its Global Education Innovation Award. The award benefits Global Education projects that bring about positive change and opens peoples’ eyes and minds to the realities of the world, locally and globally. It promotes Global Education initiatives that bring about this change through creativity, participation, direct action, synergies and innovation, and to ultimately inspire public policy.

Over the past decades, Global Education initiatives have been implemented across many European countries. Whether in non-formal educational contexts, or in schools, as part of the curriculum, Global Education contributes to a change in perspectives, attitudes and behaviours among children, young people, students, educators, teachers, parents, as well as decision-makers and other actors in society. A variety of global-local interconnectedness initiatives have over the years addressed issues including social exclusion, poverty, migration, human rights violations and intolerance and enabled learning of different competencies that range from critical thinking to compassion and empathy.

In a world of stark contrasts, opportunities to change perceptions in new, non-traditional and innovative ways need to be supported, applauded and recognised. In particular, initiatives should be supported that respond to challenging questions, such as “How do we engage people who are not easy to reach?”, or “How can innovative Global Education start to change the perceptions of those whose values differ from those associated with Global Education – tolerance, solidarity, non-violence?”.

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). Innovation funds in other sectors are happy to fund initiatives that result in 90% failure, on the basis that the remaining 10% represents potential breakthroughs that can elicit a paradigm shift. Why not in Global Education?

At the Evaluation meeting of the 2017 Global Education Innovation Award, the members of International Selection Committee reflected on Global Education as a form of education that involves critical pedagogy, critical thinking, dynamic of structures, and a reflection on practices in the wider context considering the contents and methodology. The notion of innovation was discussed in light of transformative learning that lead to a better understanding of the shifting power relations, the key challenges related to sustainability, local empowerment for global impact and the global initiatives with local impact. It was also highlighted that innovation is only created through the ability to take a risk and the ability of freedom to experiment. As a result, this call offers a free way to inspire us in GENE as well as the wider public, by showing and expressing your passion for transformative learning in your context.

IN 2018, 7 INNOVATIVE INITIATIVES WILL BE AWARDED 10.000 EURO EACH.

AND, 20 INITIATIVES, INCLUDING THE 7 AWARDEES, WILL BE RECOGNISED THROUGH A PUBLICATION.

 

For more information, please see the following sections:

Purpose

Awardees 2018

Selection

Application

Process 2017

Awardees 2017

 

 

 

 

Based on the 2017 experience, GENE decided that the following aspects will be considered:

  • Transformative learning – involves a personal and collective process of reflection that leads to a shift in perceptions in the understanding of oneself, one’s believes and one’s behaviour that involves changes in lifestyle. It also comprises a capacity to learn from the experience, including failure in order to promote positive change.
  • Interconnectedness global-local – what happens in the local context is linked to the global level and vice-versa; the so-called “glocal” dimension.
  • Educational approach – where all those involved are learners and take an active role in the learning process, whether in formal or non-formal educational settings.
  • Creativity – a genuine process that demonstrates outside-the-box thinking.
  • Coherence – the initiative enhances synergies and coherence between the purpose, the educational approaches and the testimonies of participating persons and groups.
  • Outreach – addressed public, with a particular focus on groups that are not engaged in Global Education – for example low-skilled unemployed populations, young people not in education or groups that are considering radical nationalist, religious and / or racist ideologies as the only options available.
  • Inspiring for Public Policy – GENE facilitates policy learning and for this reason experiences can become show cases for public policy.

 

Applicants were encouraged to tell the story of how their initiative contributes to transformative learning and change of perceptions among their audiences and explain in what ways their approach is innovative in their contexts.