Award video

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Innovation Award 2017 – 2018

Awardees 2018

Awardees 2017


Official Announcement of the Award:                       4 April 2019

Deadline for Applications:                                           4 June 2019 (at 23.55 CET)

Deadline for Peer Evaluation:                                     30 June 2019

Final Selection:                                                             16 September 2019

Award Ceremony 2019:                                              18 October 2019 – during GENE Roundtable 41, Malta

Selection Process 2019

The Selection process for the Award is comprised of four phases:

Phase 1 – An online pre-selection by the GENE Secretariat. Preparation of the division into groups for the ISC, preparation for the Peer Review process among the candidates.

Phase 2 – Applicant-led peer review process, where each applicant reviewed one application. This enabled applicants to offer a critical feedback focused on the transformative learning elements of the initiative.

Phase 3 – The International Selection Committee was divided in sub-groups of evaluators, in a way that each application was reviewed by a minimum of three persons. Recommendations of selected applicants was sent to GENE Board.

Phase 4 – GENE Board takes the final selection, on the basis of the International Selection Committee recommendations. The final selection considers additional criteria of diversity and geographical balance.


It has to be Global Education, in line with the Maastricht definition.

  • Transformative learning – involves a personal and collective process of reflection that leads to a shift in perceptions in the understanding of oneself, one’s behaviour, attitudes and values that inspire changes in lifestyle and collective action. It also comprises a capacity to learn from the experience, including learning from failure.
  • Interconnectedness global-local – the relevance of the issues addressed through the initiatives considering the wider context, what happens locally 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 critical role in the transformative learning process, whether in formal or nonformal educational settings.
  • Action-orientation – ways in which the learning process encourage action, activism and ultimately social change.
  • Creativity – a genuine process that demonstrates outside-the-box thinking.
  • Coherence – the balance between the applicant expertise, viable planning and experimentation.

International Selection Committee 2019

  • The International Selection Committee (ISC) made recommendations to the GENE Board.
  • The composition of the ISC committee is as follows: GENE participants from the different Ministries and Agencies across Europe; and international experts from different sectors related to Global Education (research, international NGOs, youth experts) and representatives from the Global South.