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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.


The SLUSIK Partners are happy to present the state-of-the-art report, published on the 20th of September, 2021. This report aims to further explore the concept of service-learning outside of the higher education setting, to analyse the existing service-learning models, types and practices within and outside of the SLUSIK consortium (but still only within European countries), thus to set the grounds for adapting the existing models from higher education institutions in order to create new ones for the secondary schools to be tested.

The report itself is an outcome of several stages of research and analysis that included desk-top research, development of questionnaires and conducting small-scale studies among academics and other educational professionals, development of interview protocol and conducting interviews with academics and previous research analysis and literature review on the service-learning.

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The SLUSIK State-of-the-Art report is the main outcome of WP2: Service-learning models – research and state of the art around Europe, in which the partners

– conducted desk research on already existing models for service learning around Europe with the inclusion of the aspect of the EU related policies,recommendations and already funded projects.
– developed questionnaire focusing on different aspects of service learning implemented in communities to be used in order to receive information regarding implementation of the curricula and the challenges faced in order to incorporate potential solutions

– conducted interviews with practitioners implementing service learning around Europe in order to gather additional data and evidence for the report;

– created the report based on the activities above – an in-depth analysis on the existing practices and curricula in service learning with an additional reflection on the EU related policies, recommendations and results of already funded projects in order to avoid repetition and create synergies.

The SLUSIK Project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, is led by the CEV (Belgium) in collaboration with Out of the Box International (Belgium), Rijeka University (Croatia) , University of Limerick (Ireland), University of Granada (Spain), University College of Teacher Education, Vienna (Austria), Matej Bel University (Slovakia).

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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