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Call for prep-team members to “Right to Representation”

logo 3OBESSU has now begun the preparations for the event “Right to Representation”, taking place in Vilnius, Lithuania, 6-12 December 2014.

We are now very happy to open the call for members of the preparatory team who will be in charge of shaping the content of the event together with OBESSU Board member Brendan Power ( The team will also be coordinated and supported by the OBESSU secretariat.

Please read the call for prep team members carefully and apply no later than the 6th of October 2014 – Midnight (CET).  Read more >>>

OBESSU reaction to the new Commissioners

On the 10th of September Commission President-Elect Jean-Claude Juncker announced the organisation of his Commission, which, if approved by the European Parliament, will lead the European Union during the coming five years.

OBESSU, firstly, would like to express its gratitude to the outgoing Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou for her work promoting education and youth in the Barroso II Commission. Following our reaction to the possibility that the “Education” portfolio would be replaced with a “Skills” portfolio, we are pleased to see that Mr Juncker has decided to retain this crucial brief in the form of a Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship. We trust that our constructive and reliable relationship with the Commission will be maintained into the mandate of Tibor Navracsics, the Commissioner-designate for this position. Read more >>>


How to improve social inclusion in education

logo-SIRIUS-vectorial-300x184How can education systems be made as inclusive as possible? This is a very difficult question, which many people, organisations and institutions have tried to find an answer to. OBESSU worked on it partly through the 2013-2014 campaign “Education, we have a problem!” and was happy to see that the topic generated a lot of interest from different perspectives.
One organisation working on the question is the SIRIUS Network, a supporter of the OBESSU campaign whose main interest is “education of children and young people with a migrant background”. SIRIUS is now gathering input for a set of recommendations on migrant education which will be presented at a conference in the European Parliament in November. Read more >>>

OBESSU reaction to Education at a Glance 2014

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released Education at a Glance 2014. Education at a Glance is an annual publication featuring “data on the structure, finances, and performance of education systems in the OECD’s 34 member countries, as well as a number of partner countries”, according to the OECD.  Read more >>>

International support for SUS campaign

Following the article “Slovak school students need your help!” published on our website one week ago about the worrying situation LGBTQ community has to face in Slovakia, we were very happy to see that we got some international support for Stredoškolská študentská únia Slovenska (SUS) and their campaign against the proposed legislation to define marriage as a union only between a man and a woman. Read more >>>

PRESS RELEASE: Students outraged with a new Commission portfolio

BRUSSELS – A draft proposal for a new organigram of the European Commission shockingly undermines the diversity of education, which is no longer a part of a Commissioner’s portfolio but instead referred to as “skills”.

The European Students Union (ESU) and the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU) are outraged by this proposal that does not comply at all with students’ perception of education.  Read more >>>

Slovak school students need your help!

pic Slovak articleThe time has come. Limits of morality have been crossed and Slovak students must speak up!

In the recent months the so called “Alliance for family” started a national initiative promoting “traditional family rights” and its legal protection, claiming that a family can only be composed by a man and a woman, also saying that gay people are the “bad ones” in our society, and referring to homosexuality as a sickness. Read more >>>

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OBESSU – The Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions is the platform for cooperation between the national school student unions active in general secondary and secondary vocational education in Europe. It was founded in April 1975 in Dublin, Ireland and brings together Member and Observer organisations from around 20 European countries. All member organisations are independent, national, representative and democratic school student organisations.