The People behind the Project

NetBox brings together nine partners from across Europe comprising both supporting and implementing partners. The six implementing partners are actively working with six local rural communities to develop and pilot NetBox, and they include Meath Partnership from Ireland (Project Co-ordinator), Superact from the United Kingdom, Association for Education and Sustainable Development (AESD) from Romania, Juanimo Karjeros Centras (JKC) from Lithuania, Institute for Human Resources Development (IRZL) from Poland and Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Santarém (SCMS) from Portugal.  Together this experienced consortium has been working with each other and with their communities to develop, design and deliver the NetBox project. Supporting their work are three partners from Cyprus, Germany and Finland. With expertise in community development practice and policy CARDET from Cyprus and Universität Paderborn from Germany are working alongside Innoventum from Finland with their technological know-how to advance the project objectives as part of the Consortium.

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 Netbox Team Meeting in UK, 2012

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NetBox Team Meeting, Lithuania 2012

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Netbox Team Meeting, Portugal 2013

A closer look at the partners

Implementing Partners

Meath Partnership is a county-wide community organisation based in Kells, County Meath with responsibility for the design and implementation of local, rural and community development programme across their region.  It specialises in building the capacity of local communities through the design and implementation of a range of projects and programmes tackling persistent incidence of exclusion and disadvantage.  Meath Partnership is the co-ordinator for the project. www.meathpartnership.ie

Superact is a not-for-profit arts organisation, based in Taunton, Somerset. Working across a range of communities within the UK and internationally it uses the arts to make a significant contribution to people’s lives; breaking down barriers, building self-esteem, promoting social inclusion and employability, and providing strong channels of expression and communication where previously they were not well established or perhaps did not exist at all. www.superact.org.uk

AESD is an educational centre based in Calarasi, Romania.  Its main activities are the implementation of courses for formal and informal lifelong education, building an organised system of mentoring, information provision and training at every stage of adult education. www.aesd.ro

Juanimo Karjeros Centras is a non-governmental organisation based in Kaunas, Lithuania with more than 10 years’ experience supporting disadvantaged communities through non-formal education programmes and guidance services.  They aim to meet public needs through educational, scientific, cultural, social and legal initiatives. www.jkc.isprendimai.lt

IRZL is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation located in Lublin, Poland.  Its mission is to promote and support the sustainable development of local communities and the labour market through targeted education programmes. www.naszaszkola.pl

SCMS is an non-profit, charitable institution acting in the municipality of Santarém, Portugal.  The main aim of the organisation is to prevent situations of social exclusion by promoting suitable personal development.  SCMS engages with senior citizens, families in distress, community support organisations, youth workers, youth-at-risk, childcare providers and support services for children-in-need. www.scms.pt

Supporting Partners

Universität Paderborn, Germany is represented by the Department for Business and Human Resource Education. This department educates students in the first phase of teacher education for the field of adult education, vocational education and training. www.uni-paderborn.de

CARDET is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental research and development organisation based in Nicosia, Cyprus with partners around the world.  Its mission is to inspire next generation education and promote research, innovation and development through evidence-based practices, cutting-edge research and empowered people. www.cardet.org

Innoventum is a web-development company based in Joensuu, Finland.  It has significant experience in developing easy-to-use web-based applications for purposes ranging from e-learning to online shopping and live video streaming. Their goal is to be the forerunner in modern web technologies and web-based solutions. www.innoventum.fi