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the Ideas Box

Discover a portable media center, unique in its kind, and learn about how you can support the program or acquire your own Ideas Box!

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Humanitarian situations

A unique device, the Ideas Box enables access to information, education and culture for populations emerging from humanitarian crisis situations. 

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Vulnerable Populations

The Ideas Box is a great tool for vulnerable populations with little or no access to culture everywhere, including in developed countries.

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Education & creativity

A powerful tool for reinforcing education and stimulating creativity among students in and out of school, the Ideas Box has been selected by the WISE accelerator.

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Twenty Ideas Box for peace in Colombia

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and French President François Hollande launch the "mobile libraries for peace." Crédit : Efraín Herrera – SIG Librarie...

Why we decided to keep working in Moria camp in Lesbos despite recent controversy

After the March 20th agreement between the European Union and Turkey, the majority of the large humanitarian organizations withdrew from the Moria Camp in Les...

Walter: Refugee, Computer Engineer…and Ideas Box Facilitator!

  Last March, when we arrived at the Eleonas refugee camp in Athens with the Ideas Box, one man got involved in the maintenance and use of the portable ...

The Ideas Box is a WISE Awards finalist for 2016!

On May 4th, the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) announced this year's finalists for the WISE Awards. Fifteen innovating projects offering concret...

« I’m in Germany ! »

Ali is 12 years old. He has already crossed ten countries and had more difficulties than any European traveler would have to face. He crossed these countries ...

A ferry on the way to Lesbos

What is a crisis? Is it when daily life is marked by abnormal situations in which absurdity and violence take place and change our lives? A crisis and its man...

In Eleonas, the adults are the ones seizing coloured pencils and felt pens

Since Macedonia closed its borders with Greece last Sunday, and following the intensification of European border control policies, hundreds of refugees have f...

Every blog starts with a first post, a first page to write...

Early in 2016, Libraries Without Borders started the Ideas Box, a large-scale program in Europe, along the route of refugees. In this context, we invite you t...

The Ideas Box now in Detroit!

On Monday, November 30th, Libraries Without Borders and officials of the Detroit Mayor's Office and the Detroit Public Library network officially launched a p...

The Ideas Box launched in Taverny and Argenteuil!

For its third experimental programming phase in Ile-de-France, from November to December the Ideas Box will be installed at the Welcome and Orientation Center...

Michelle Obama visits the Ideas Box!

One year after its official selection at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), the Ideas Box along with Libraries Without Borders was in...

The Ideas Box at the Centre Pompidou in Paris!

Tuesday November 3rd, 2015, Libraries Without Borders participated in the launch of Social Good Week, a French organization intended to find ways to use the I...

Funding and community workshop at the Ideas Box in Burundi

This week, from October 26th to October 30th, a funding and community building workshop was held at the Ideas Box in Burundi. This scaling up working brought ...

Damas, Tanzanian refugee and Ideas Box facilitator

Damas NTAKIRUTIMANA is a 28 year old Tanzanian refugee who lives in the Musenyi integrated rural village in Burundi. After obtaining his humanities diploma...

Calais: First French City to have an Ideas Box!

On Friday October 9th, Patrick Kanner, the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Natacha Bouchart, the mayor of Calais, and Patrick Weil, President of Libra...

Libraries Without Borders in France has been selected as one of the winners of the Google Impact Challenge!

  Yesterday, Libraries Without Borders in France won the Google Impact Challenge after a night full of surprises at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ...

The Ideas Box and LWB invited to the European Parliament

From September 28th to 30th, 2015, Libraries Without Borders was invited by deputy Sylvie Guillaume, Vice President of the European Parliament, to the seat of...

The Ideas Box mobilises designers!

The Ideas Box mobilises designers! On Wednesday, September 16th, 23 design and industry professionals got together for the Scale Up workshop for Rationalis...

The Ideas Box around the world

Whenever a catastrophe or conflict occurs, international aid traditionally aims at addressing immediate pressing needs for food, shelter, health care and clothing. Once these priorities have been met, communities need a way to forge social ties and develop resilience for the struggles that lie ahead. By providing access to the Internet, books, films and theater, and educational resources, the Ideas Box empowers communities to pave foundations for a self-reliant future.

Whenever a catastrophe or conflict occurs, international aid traditionally aims at addressing immediate pressing needs for food, shelter, health care and clothing. Once these priorities have been met, communities need a way to forge social ties and develop resilience for the struggles that lie ahead. By providing access to the Internet, books, films and theater, and educational resources, the Ideas Box empowers communities to pave foundations for a self-reliant future.

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Child protection

The Ideas Box – a safe space for children and youth

In the camps, children are particularly vulnerable outside of school hours and are very often left to themselves. Strolling through the camp and unoccupied, they are exposed to many external risks (sexual violence, trafficking and criminal activities). Offering a large selection of movies and gaming applications for children, the Ideas Box provides an alternative access to activities coupled with a suitable mediation.

Children and adolescents ask for the Ideas Box

The prolonged use and change of the Ideas Box by children and adolescents is the expression of one of the major impacts of the device - providing an attractive and safe environment - reinforced by the first qualitative observations on the field.

 

 

Education in emergency situations

In emergency situations, educational opportunities are limited

When a crisis occurs, the rapid reopening of primary school is part of the international standards for emergency response. However, children usually have class for only half of the day and there are no solutions for school drop-outs, youth and adults.

The Ideas Box: an educational space for all

Although it does not replace schools, the Ideas Box creates a space for extra-curricular work, improving the quality of education and the learning environment through the provision of a wide variety of tools and resources of informal and non-formal education, literacy and vocational training.

A tool adapted to the complexities of crises

The Ideas Box allows the hosting of contents in multiple languages and establishes learning paths tailored to the needs of different groups, in order to meet the challenges exacerbated by cultural differences and the trauma of displacement. All these activities can therefore take place in a space of trust created by the Ideas Box.

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Enhancing Resilience

A toolbox to rebuild lives and communities, the Ideas Box offers vulnerable populations the means to create their own content (films, drawings, writings, maps, blogs, etc.). It encourages intellectual development and empowerment, individual and shared. And when, as often, the humanitarian emergency is sustained, the Ideas Box allows people to fight boredom, overcome the trauma and begin the long process of resilience, grief and reconciliation.

Reconnect to the world

When a crisis occurs, access to traditional information channels (radio, newspapers, TV ...) is often broken. Those directly affected by the events are often the last to have access to vital information they need in order to face these hardships. Misinformation and rumors are then the breeding-ground of community tensions.

The Ideas Box for transmitting and accessing quality information

International organizations such as the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its implementing partners rely on the Ideas Box to disseminate information and the tools for sensitization. Furthermore, the Box reaches individuals, families, especially first time arrivals, and facilitates the integration, management and hosting of refugee / displaced populations. Through Internet access, the Ideas Box allows fragile populations to connect to the world, to inform themselves, and to communicate freely.

Empowerment

This access to quality information strengthens the capacity and autonomy of individuals and communities, integrates them with the global community, and allows them to have infinite resources to learn and break their isolation.