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Open Digital Europe

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Out of the Box International develops a tailor made open data model and policies based on open digital environment which is transparent, accountable and secured.

Social Businesses

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Out of the Box International works with already existing hubs, various local and national stakeholders and social entrepreneurs in order to further develop and promote successful social entrepreneurship policies and practices.

Solidarity Europe

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Out of the Box International delivers expertise in the field of cohesive policies by using cross-sectorial approach and non-formal  education, in a global perspective.

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Out of the Box International  works further to enhance current cooperation in South East Europe region and actively supports the integration of all European countries in common European project.

The Belgium Perspective on the Ethnography of Digital by Digital


Did you know that 40% of Belgians have poor digital skills and lack access to the Internet? Education shouldn’t be limited by these issues, and that’s why we’re exploring e-learning options.

Have you ever thought about merging education with the online world? This is strongly what we’re aiming for.  Between lots of questions and uncertainties, we decided to get some evidence of online learning in Belgium.

Although Belgium has very similar education systems, it appears to be quite autonomous when the subject of “e-learning” is addressed.  Inside this frame, we perceive that in Wallonia (WBF) they display multiple online courses in different subjects for French-speaking people. In Flanders, the Flemish Department of Education is the one responsible for the development of e-learning and the corresponding training. Because of Covid, the need to use the Online Education System grew quickly.

In 2020 the King Baudouin Foundation conducted a study that showed 40% of Belgians have poor digital skills, and 29% revealed a lack of financial opportunities to access the Internet. Concerning this matter, these studies show the issue of equality of access to education. When referring to Brussels we witness large regional disparities. In 2021 the digital inclusion charter was signed and a commitment to promoting digital inclusion in Belgium was made.

With Covid, remote teaching contributed to the identification of gaps in digital skills in education. The French-speaking community reviewed its digital strategy promoting, organising and training digital technology. The German-speaking part has no strategy but an improvement of info and media competences has developed. The Flemish-speaking community is the most active in curricular reform and media literacy innovation.

Another study carried out in the French-speaking Community proved that the physical distance during lockdown constituted difficulties for students to get feedback from their teachers and colleagues, which led to a lack of motivation. Flandres developed a project called Bednet that provides sick and chronically ill children to follow lessons and interact with their class through video conferencing. This project is very important not only for a pedagogical purpose but for a psychological purpose too, providing interaction in class, participation and inclusiveness of distance education.

From all these studies we can conclude that internet connection and technological devices should be available for all; strengthening digital skills, cooperation and exchange of good practices between the 3 language-based communities should be pivotal, and the focus should be aimed at students’ and teachers’ physical and mental being.

Why Out of the Box International

The seemingly ever-lasting depression of European economies has shaken the very foundations of many European societies. The shear rate of unemployment in Europe and the omnipresent environmental crisis coupled with the often frustratingly slow process of decision making in the EU, are calling for civil society actors to step in and fill the void.

In the aftermath of the 2008. economic crisis, the apprehension of falling under the spell of apathy of economic depression across the continent has not been easy to shake off. However, pinpointing the culprits for the current state of affairs on any particular EU decision maker is not the answer. Nonetheless, the fact remains that the current approach to the economic and environmental crisis hasn’t yet shown the affected citizens the light at the end of the tunnel.

As representatives of the civil society we feel the need to make our voice heard in the midst of the current debate on economic crisis. Being a social enterprise we offer new and feasible ideas in education and community work, creative cross-sectorial cooperation among different actors and strong networking coalitions to turn these dire economic challenges into possibilities through social entrepreneurship initiatives which aim at benefiting wide range of citizens, particularly vulnerable groups and those affected by the economic crisis.

Social entrepreneurship is a simple concept that has been put into practice by civil society actors for the benefit of a specific social group or people, and this is precisely what we want: to create projects and initiatives with fresh ideas in different policies, educational programs or tools, support businesses, empower cultural initiatives and offer different solutions to individuals, corporate bodies, everybody who believe that we can have more Creative, Innovative and Cohesive Europe.


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