OBESSU Newsletter September 2012 is out! 


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What OBESSU think about OECD's "Education at a Glance"

On 11th September 2012 OBESSU was present at the European Launch of “Education at a Glance 2012” (EaG 2012). The new report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) presents a thorough analysis on the structures, the finances and the performance of educational systems in the 34 OECD member countries (including 21 EU countries) and key partner countries, including G20 nations. The main focus of this year’s publication is the relationship and the effects of the Economic Crisis on education. Read more »



No adopted Declaration for youth policy-making at the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers in Saint Petersburg

Youth Delegates had worked actively to come up with inputs for the Declaration that at the end did not reach consensus by official delegations. Many of them, including OBESSU, also participated in a silent protest against human rights violations in Russia. Read more »

OBESSU at the Preparatory Seminar of a Long-Term Training Course for Youth Workers

From the 18th-20th of September OBESSU represented the voice of European school students at the Council of Europe (CoE) Enter!-Preparatory Seminar of a Long-Term Training Course for Youth Workers at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg. A mixed group of Youth Workers, local and regional Authorities from CoE Member States and representatives from Youth Organisations met in Strasbourg to discuss the main challenges for young people in Europe concerning Social Rights and the needs for participants who want to take part in the Long-Term Training Course, as well as the implementation of projects at local level as a result of the Training Course. These actions are happening within the framework of the CoE Enter! Project which started in 2009. Read more »

Claim Your Voice!
VET Campaign News

Working group on Vocational Education and Training had its first meeting

OBESSU’s new Working Group on Vocational Education and Training (VET) had its first meeting 25.-26.9. in Lisbon, Portugal. During these two days the Working Group, Triin (Estonia), Ignas (Lithuania) and Musa (Finland), together with the responsible Board Member Daniele dived into the world of VET, decided the priorities of the Working Group and planned the next steps of OBESSU’s campaign on VET “Claim Your Voice! Stand up for VET!” Read more...

No bright future for young jobseekers

International Labour Organisation (ILO) published the “Global Employment Outlook September 2012: Bleak Labour Market Prospects for Youth” with the latest youth unemployment figures this week, but the forecast doesn’t look too positive. The euro crisis will spread from advanced to emerging economies and make the youth employment rates worse globally. Read more...

Unemployee of Year

United Colors of Benetton has launched a campaign “Unemployee of the Year”, putting in spotlight the jobless youth of the world. Read more...

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Partner News

Survey “Young people and online hate speech

In the framework of the project “Young people combating hate speech online“, the Youth Department of the Council of Europe has launched a survey on young people’s attitudes and experience of online hate speech. The surveys will be open until 4th October 2012. Read more »

The EU Youth Report calls for employment and social inclusion

The EU Youth Report, produced by the European Commission, sets priorities for Europe’s youth policy every three years. The latest Youth Report was adopted yesterday and calls for youth employment, social inclusion, health and the well-being of young people as top priorities. Read more »

Commission urges Member States to recognise skills acquired outside formal education

Last week the European Commission launched a new initiative for recognition of skills and competences acquired outside formal education. The initiative encourages Member States to establish national systems for validation of non-formal and informal learning by 2015. At the moment only Finland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have such systems up and running. These systems would allow citizens to obtain a full or partial qualification on the basis of skills and competences acquired outside formal education. Read more »

Upcoming events

17th November 2012

International Day of Students

8th-14thDecember 2012

8th European School Student Convention: Education at 360º, Switzerland

9th December 2012

Council of Members (COMEM), Switzerland

7th-14th April 2013

Study Session “Participation and Democracy: A legal framework for school student rights”, Hungary

Read more about OBESSU's upcoming events »

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.


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 more than 20 European countries. All member organisations are independent, national, representative and democratic school student organisations.

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