GENE brings together Ministries and Agencies with national responsibility for funding, coordination, policy-making and support in the field of Global Education. GENE Roundtables gather participants together regularly every six months to share national experiences and strategies. Hosted by participating Ministries and Agencies, they are organised so as to develop common and bilateral programmes, to promote strategy dialogue with newly participating countries, and to forge a common European agenda on the increase and improvement of Global Education. Along with national Ministries and Agencies, the European Commission participates in Roundtables as an observer.

GENE Roundtable 43 took place online in October 2020.

Day 1: Thursday, 8 October 
Malta’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Evarist Bartolo opened GENE’s 43rd multilateral Roundtable for Global Education (GE) Policymakers with an inspiring reminder: global educators and policymakers must put human beings at the heart of geopolitics and multilateralism, if we are not only to interpret the world, but also to change it towards greater justice. GENE’s Chair, Professor Annette Scheunpflug also gave a warm welcome to the roundtable participants. At the first day of the event, GE policymakers from Ministries and Agencies, of Foreign Affairs and Education, came together from across Europe to share national situation reports, identify cross-cutting issues, and learning together for increased an improved GE throughout Europe – in solidarity with peoples globally.

Day 2: Thursday, 15 October
Day 2 started with an inspiring opening by Mr Ruairí de Búrca, Director General of Irish Aid in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland. The meeting gathered over 50 policymakers from Ministries and Agencies from across Europe, along with the European Commission. The participants were invited to reflect on the yet unwritten future by GENE’s Chair, Prof. Annette Scheunpflug, and on the panorama of research on education in an era of Covid by Prof. Joe O’Hara, President of the European Educational Research Association (EERA).

Day 3: Friday, 16 October 
Ms Agata Sobiech, Head of Sector DEAR and Youth in DG DEVCO, European Commission, delivered European Commission’s statement on the importance of GE/DEAR. Other highlights included the presentation of GENE’s current and forthcoming programme, as well as new plans. Mr Kingsley Aikins, CEO of The Networking Institute, gave an inspiring presentation on the power of networking.

GENE Roundtable 42 took place online in May 2020.

On 8 May 2020, GENE ran its first-ever virtual Roundtable, which gathered 60 policymakers from Ministries and Agencies representing 26 countries along with the European Commission. National representatives shared country reports, identified issues of common concern, exchanged policy perspectives and solutions to current challenges. In these complex times, GENE is very glad to be able to continue to facilitate policy learning for increased and improved global education.

GENE Roundtable 41 took place in Valletta, Malta in October 2019.

The event included the award ceremony for the Global Education Ideas Award at the Maltese Chamber of Commerce, as well as workshops on cross-cutting policy issues, presentations of Global Education in Malta and guest speakers from Latin America.

GENE Roundtable 40 took place in Berlin, Germany, in Spring 2019.

The meeting featured presentations, discussions, workshops, Open Space, country reporting and learning from German experiences in Global Education, as well as an address by the German Parliamentary Secretary of State Ms. Maria Flachsbarth. GENE emeriti from throughout the network’s story also participated as GENE celebrated its 40th Roundtable event.

Previous recent GENE Roundtables took place in:

  • Warsaw, Poland (Spring 2012)
  • The Hague, the Netherlands (Autumn 2012)
  • Dublin, Ireland (Spring, 2013)
  • Brussels, Belgium (Autumn 2013)
  • Brussels, Belgium (Autumn 2014)
  • Vienna, Austria (Spring 2015)
  • Brussels, Belgium (Autumn 2015)
  • Lisbon, Portugal (Spring 2016)
  • Florence, Italy (Autumn 2016)
  • Brussels, Belgium (Spring 2017)
  • Nicosia, Cyprus (Autumn 2017)
  • Oslo, Norway (Spring 2018)
  • Brussels, Belgium (Autumn 2018)
GENE participants at Roundtable 41 in Malta, autumn 2019
Germany, Berlin, 04.04.2019: GENE 40th Roundtable

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