Malta Joins Forces with GENE to Promote Global Education in Europe

BRUSSELS, 25-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Malta has become the most recent European country to participate in GENE – Global Education Network Europe. The island joins 25 other European countries who are united in their efforts to achieve better outcomes, shared learning and more policy and funding coherence in Global Education across Europe.

Mr. Charles Zammit, Chairman of Education Malta, stated:
“Malta places great emphasis on equipping its citizens with the knowledge, tools and skills needed in today’s globalised world. Our policy is to promote education that enables people to play an active role in their societies and internationally, being aware of their rights and responsibilities. Global Education has been at the heart of Maltese education policy for many years. Another recent development was the Government’s resolve to further invest in education through developing Malta as a centre of repute for educational entities to establish a presence here. This investment is aimed to further internationalise education in and from Malta. Malta’s Minister for Education and Employment, The Hon. Evarist Bartolo MP welcomed with pleasure Malta’s participation in GENE. Minister Bartolo said that Malta can contribute as much as it can benefit from its participation, noting the number of countries already forming this Global Education group’’.

The Chair of GENE, Mr. Liam Wegimont, stated:
“Global Education is more important today than it has ever been. GENE seeks to work with a broad range of partners and allies to ensure that each person has access to quality Global Education to counter and challenge the negative trends we see in the world, and we are very pleased that Malta – with a long history of Global Education – has decided to join us in this pursuit. We welcome Malta to GENE, particularly during the Maltese Presidency of the EU, and look forward to co-operating and to jointly pursuing our goals.”

About Global Education Network Europe (GENE)
GENE brings together Ministries, Agencies and other bodies that develop national policy and provide funding for Global Education in European countries. Ministries and Agencies participating in GENE combine their expertise through structured networking, sharing strategies, and a peer learning approach that leads to enhanced results nationally.

Starting in 2001 with 6 national institutions from 6 countries, GENE has now grown to facilitate the sharing of policy learning between over 40 Ministries and Agencies and other bodies from over 25 countries, through the regular GENE roundtables and networking mechanisms.

Press contacts:
Charles Zammit, Ministry of Education and Employment, Malta. Email: charles.c.zammit@gov.mt
Jo McAuley, Global Education Network Europe. Email: jo.mcauley@gene.eu

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