The new OBESSU Newsletter is out!

This is the OBESSU Newsletter that is coming out every month to all member organisations and partners of OBESSU.

The Newsletter is an informing collecting of news and events you can participate in from partner- and contact organisations.

Sarah Dejaegher
Communication and Administration Assistant

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OBESSU is hiring a Policy Officer (VET)!

OBESSU is looking for a Policy Officer for Vocational Education and Training (VET) who will be in charge of all the upcoming policy developments and projects related to VET, apprenticeships and youth employment. S/he will work under the supervision of the OBESSU Secretary General and cooperate with the other members of the Secretariat. If you are full of creativity and enthusiasm, we warmly invite you to send your CV and the application form by 12th February 2012, midnight to jobs(a)!

For more information please read the Call for Policy Officer (Vocational Education and Training). Here you can find the application form.


Board Video Report Vilnius January 2012
The weekend of 28th to 29th of January, the OBESSU Board held its 9th meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania. For the first time, they bring you a Video Report about it! 

Denmark takes over EU Council's presidency: what to expect?

On the 11th of January, the European Commission met with the Danish Government to discuss the priorities of the new Presidency. In general, in the field ofyouth, the Danish Presidency will focus on creativity, innovation, citizenship and transition to working life, with a strong focus on youth unemployment. OBESSU has prepared a Presidential Youth Fact Sheet for you to consult. Read more »

Getting Youth on Board

OBESSU’s VET Officer, Johanne Stenstrup, participated on the 24th January in the panel “Getting Youth on Board” along with the European Youth ForumAEGEE-European Students’ ForumRural Youth Europe and others, in the conference “The economic Crisis, Education and the Labour Market” organised by theEuropean Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The main points from the panel were that education should be for all and that students’ job chances increase through participation in non-formal learning.  Read more »

Message from the 2012 Study Session Prep-Team!

The Prep-Team of the Study Session on “Special Needs”: education, participation and social inclusion is happy to now have a full list of eager participants for the study session. Read more »

Members News

2012 for OBESSU’s members: USO and DOS reveal their plans!

After OBESSU’s 7th European School Student Convention and COMEM the participants went home filled with inspiration for future activities in their national sections. After a well-deserved Christmas break, our school student activists started to plan 2012. Here we present you the ambitions of OBESSU’s members in Switzerland (USO) and Slovenia (DOS). Read more »

VSK host OBESSU workshop!

On Sunday 22nd January, OBESSU Board Member Jessie Seal was invited to run a workshop for our Flemish members Vlaamse Scholierenkoepel (VSK). Keen to find out how VSK’s everyday activists can get more involved with OBESSU, VSK asked us to run a session and we were very happy to oblige! After a short trip by Eurostar to Brussels, Jessie arrived in Lokeren (where the weekend was held) on Saturday evening. An evening of chatting to VSK activists, followed by a team building game made sure that everyone was in great spirits and excited (if a little tired) for Sunday morning! Read more »

Partner News

UN Chief to appoint Special Youth Representative

On the 25th of January, United Nations‘ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented the agenda of his second term during a General Assembly in New York. His 5-year innovative vision is called “The Future We Want” and includes the appointment of a Special Representative for Youth. Read more »

The EESC wants to make VET more attractive

On the 19th of January the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an opinion on post-secondary vocational education and training (VET). This opinion aims to clarify how VET can have an added value in terms of labour market, learning outcomes, opening new educational pathways and social mobility in the European Union. Read more »

UNESCO's new education brochure 'Everyone has the right to education'
UNESCO has a new education brochure, themed ‘Everyone has the right to education‘. The universal right to education proclaimed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 26) is at the very heart of UNESCO’s mission and is an integral part of its constitutional mandate. UNESCO’s Constitution expresses the belief of its founders in: “full and equal opportunities for education for all [...] to advance the ideal of equality of educational opportunity [...].

European Portfolio for youth leaders and youth workers

The European Portfolio for youth leaders and youth workers is an initiative of the Council of Europe in cooperation with experts and partners such as the European Commission and the European Youth Forum. It provides youth leaders and youth workers in Europe, volunteers or professionals, with a tool which can help them identify, assess and describe their competencies based on European quality standards.
If you don’t know the Portfolio yet, have a look at the presentationRead more » 

2012 Video Challenge: show what Europe means to you!

The European Economic and Social Committee would like to invite you to participate in the 2012 Video Challenge. This annual challenge encourages video creativity and the use of social networking, within youth across the 27 EU Member States. Entry into the challenge is free and participants can submit their video URL on the dedicated website between 01/01/2012 and 15/02/2012. Public voting will take place between 18/02/2012 and 02/03/2012 ending at 12:00. The prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be awarded at a ceremony held in Brussels on March 15th 2012. Read more »

Survey on Youth Rights

The European Youth Forum fights for the rights of young people. An Expert Group on Youth Rights was created in Spring 2011. It aims to support the European Youth Forum in promoting and implementing a rights-based approach to youth. They prepared a survey on Youth Rights to help their important work. You are encouraged to take part in it! Read more about it in the briefing note.

New challanges for VET - Statement from EUNEC

By the end of October last year, Runar from the VET working group attended a EUNEC conference called: “New Skills for New Jobs – New challenges for Vocational Education and Training in the 21stcentury”. Now the statements from the conference have been published, and they look very promising with OBESSU eyes, and along the way they match OBESSU’s policy paper on vocational Education. Read more »


Upcoming Events

*March 4th-11th, 2011"Special Needs": education, participation and social inclusion at the European Youth Centre in Budapest. 

Dear Members,

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