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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.

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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.

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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.

Out of the Box International, in collaboration with 6 other partner organisations and universities based in Belgium, Croatia, Ireland, Spain, Austria and Slovakia have recently launched “SLUSIK: Service Learning Upscaling Social Inclusion for Kids”, a project co-funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ Social Inclusion programme and led by CEV.

The partners’ meeting took place on the 18th of March in the online environment.

The partners went over all the logistical, contractual and procedural arrangements, as well as management tools that are to ensure coordination among the multiple stakeholders, streamline processes and allow efficient implementation of the project activities.

Research and analysis of the state-of-the-art of service learning and how it contributes to social inclusion of young people were also among the meeting’s focuses. The final outcome of 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 was revised.

In addition, the meeting was concluded with a detailed plan for the implementation of a Teacher and Role Model Training Toolkit in different languages with the aim to prepare the teachers and role models to deliver service-learning modules in schools to young people. The Training Toolkit will include:

-Information about what service learning is;

-Guidance on developing and maintaining relations with local community, and grassroots organisations as well as conducting needs assessments;

-Guidance on how to set learning objectives, social inclusion elements and following “learning to learn” principles;

-Guidance on non-formal education methodology and principles;

-Training framework for the preparation of role models and teachers.

Piloting the service-learning model in schools, along with Quality Assurance, Monitoring & Evaluation procedures and how to ensure the Visibility & Sustainability of the project were also discussed.

The next SLUSIK project meeting has been set for April.

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) and 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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