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Supported by Erasmus + Programme

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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.

European Project

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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.

Contrary to the majority of European environmental education projects and initiatives that are aimed at youth and pupils, the Climate Box project expands to target groups that are not typically considered, specifically adults from disadvantaged backgrounds and with lower levels of education. With the main assumption being that the target groups may not perceive climate issues as priority due to their socio-economic status and related challenges, the project aims to provide them with tailored tools introducing climate issues, further explaining how their personal choices and behaviour can make a difference. Therefore, following the results gathered during the research stage of the project (IO1, Climate Education for Disadvantaged Adults Report found here), the Climate Box Consortium has developed the Climate Box Training Materials consisting of 60+ micro-learning units.

The units have been tailored to the educational needs of disadvantaged adults and cover relevant every-day aspects of climate education within six main topics: Climate Change and Personal Impact; Waste and Packaging; Personal Choice – Food & Nutrition; Personal Choice: Consumption and efficiency; Environment – Pollution and protection; and Networking and Multiplication. The aim of these micro-units is to encourage the main target group to reflect on their behaviour and make climate-friendly personal decisions. The units are self-contained and designed to be used in an adult education context, i.e. in classrooms, while teaching other thematic areas such as language courses, labour market programmes, and integration courses. They contain all necessary instructions for the educators on how to use each resource and in which context(s), without the need of being a climate education expert, at the same time omitting lengthy preparations.

The director of Out of the Box International, Marko Paunovic stated “Innovative adult education encompassing sustainable education and the topic of climate change is key for successful long-term changes in our communities. The Climate Box educational materials and tools will contribute with its quality to successful learning outcomes empowering both educators and final benefices.”

The Climate Box Project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, is led by BUPNET (Germany) in collaboration with Out of the Box (Belgium), Caminos (Spain), CATRO (Bulgaria), Die Berater (Austria) and CESIE (Italy).

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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