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 from OBESSU and its partner- and contact organisations.

Sarah Dejaegher
Communication and Administration Assistant

Highlights on

OBESSU General Assembly coming up!

It is an honour for OBESSU to announce its General Assembly (GA) 2012, that will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, the 19th and 20th May 2012.
The GA always has an important value since it is the place where Member and Observer Organisations can assess together the work done and discuss how to improve the work of OBESSU. This year’s General Assembly will be of particular importance. A new Work Plan for 2013-2014 will be discussed and voted upon and the new OBESSU Board and Monitoring Committee will be elected.

For more information, read  the Invitation, the Call for Board Members and the Call for Monitoring Committee.

The General Assembly will be followed by the Conference on “Art and Sport as Catalysts for Social Inclusion” which will take place from the 21st May to 25th May. Please find the Call for participants Arts and Sports Conference hereRead more »

New Policy Officer for Vocational Education and Training

Since 19th of March, OBESSU has a new Policy Officer for Vocational Education and Training working at the secretariat in Brussels, called Tiia Meuronen. Tiia is originally from Finland and has worked with VET matters and youth organisations for several years. Read more »


“Erasmus for all”: make sure our voice is heard!

On 15 March, the civil society organisations’coalition on the future EU programme for education, training and youth, led by EUCIS-LLL and in which OBESSU participates, launched a more detailed position paper on the draft Regulation “Erasmus for All”. The coalition welcomes some of the many elements of the programme, but important points need to be revised. This is the moment to act at European as well as at national level towards all decision-makers involved in Education and Training, Youth and Budget! Spread the paper around at national level so that we can have a say in the decision-process. Negotiations are on-going among the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission and your contribution is crucial at this moment! Read more »

Young people and the search for decent work

On 20th of March 2012, SOLIDAR - the network of NGOs working to advance social justice - hosted a round table meeting in the European Parliament for participants from different European organisations and stakeholders to discuss youth unemployment and young people’s transition from education to work. OBESSU Secretary General Viviana Galli and Vocational Education & Training Officer Tiia Meuronen were there to follow the discussion. Read more »

OBESSU attends Learning for Well-Being Consortium

On 27th February 2012, the Learning for Well-being Consortium of Foundations in Europe, in partnership with Eurochild, the European Foundation Centre and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation hosted the launch conference of thepolicy glossary Learning for Well-being: A Policy Priority for Children and Youth in Europe. Viviana Galli and Anna Widegren, OBESSU Secretary General and Project and Policy Officer, took part in the panel debate to talk about OBESSU’s point of view on the well-being glossary. Read more »

OBESSU rediscovery of old publication on Active Citizenship: showing action in school!
On the initiative of the Council of Europe, 2005 was named the “European year of active citizenship through education”. OBESSU also celebrated its 30th anniversary this same year. That offered a good occassion to write this guide, which gives you a short overview on active citizenship, OBESSU and school student work as such. It contains concrete ideas and actions you can take to actively participate in school or in student unions at a regional, national or European level.


Member News

SUS’ Fictive Country project gets radio interview

Stredoškolská študentská únia Slovenska (SUS), OBESSU’s Slovakian member, organised its most popular  event: Fictive country. In the course of four days, Slovakian students created a fictive, ideal country by playing political parties and ending with real elections. SUS was interviewed by national radio (in English) about this successful project:  

CANAE responds to government cuts in education

During the last months, most of the Spanish regional governments have been intensifying their budget cuts in education. They are decreasing the quantity of teachers, removing grants for text books and materials, etc. arriving to the point where students took actions against these cuts. OBESSU’s Spanish member organisation, la Confederación Estatal de Asociaciones de Estudiantes (CANAE), also responded by claiming the right to protest and asks for dialogue. Read more »

VSK responds to teachers’ strike: “Not age but quality matters”

A lot of commotion in Belgium recently. In the future teachers will have to work two years longer. The teacher unions were not pleased and have been threatening with a national strike on Wednesday 28th of March. OBESSU’s Belgian member the Vlaamse Scholierenkoepel (VSK) asks to stop this debate about age, and calls to shift the focus of the debate from age to quality teaching. Read more »

UDS campaign: You are not a robot!

Not only OBESSU is working on a stronger representation of students in Vocational Education and Training (VET), several of our member organisations are also focussing on VET. Unione degli Studenti (UdS), OBESSU’s Italian member, claims  a Charter on Rights for Students in apprenticeships that aims at certifying their rights and duties. Read more »

Partner News

Vote@16 and Independent Youth Programme proposed at EU Youth Conference

From 18 – 21 March, the EU Youth Conference of the Danish Presidency took place in Sorø, Denmark. The 3 days of discussions at the conference resulted in a set of joint recommendations, drafted by youth delegates and EU decision makers in the field of Youth. The recommendations include a call to EU countries to start the debate on lowering the voting age to 16, as well as easing the voting process through education and simplification of voting procedures. Read more »

Join the U4energy competition! 

U4energy is the first pan-European competition on energy education organised by the European Commission. This initiative invites you to compete with schools from all over Europe and share your results beyond your national boundaries. The gallery of entries will feature unrivalled examples of excellent practice, all of which you can contribute to! U4energy is closely followed by the Commissioner for Energy, Mr. Günther Oettinger, who will personally welcome the winners at the European award ceremony in Brussels. Find U4Energy also on  and .

Enter the photo competition: A united Europe, our shared future

What means European solidarity to you? If you are between 16 and 25 years old, take part in Europe-solidarity’s photo-competition to share your creative vision for a common European future and win a discovery trip around Europe as well as your place in a European exhibition in Brussels and in the winners’ book! More information and access to the competition website.

Call for participants: Youth Peace Camp 2012

The Council of Europe is looking for participants for its annual Youth Peace Camp, which will take place in the European Youth Centre Strasbourg from 22 to 30 June 2012. The course is mainly addressed to young people from ArmeniaAzerbaijan, Kosovo, Israel and the Palestinian Authority and Georgia and the Russian Federationspecifically young people from the region bordering Georgia. Applications are welcomed onlinehereThe deadline is Monday 16 April 2012. 

Empowering Women through Education

Although considerable progress has been made in closing the gender equity gap in education, 2/3rd of the world’s 774 million adults who are functionally illiterate are women, a proportion that has not changed over the past 20 years. The world celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8, honoring women and their achievements in the social, economic and political arena.WISE promotes education for all and especially for girls and women. March 8 was therefore an ideal opportunity to highlight their mission. Read more »

UNESCO World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education
To mark International Women’s DayUNESCO released the World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education. This atlas presents the latest data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics on trends in educational access and progression, from pre-primary through tertiary levels and adult literacy, with special attention to the all-important issue of gender equality. These trends are depicted through colour-coded maps that make it easy for readers to visualize global and regional trends and to understand how they are shaped by factors such as national wealth and geographic location. Read more »

Upcoming Events
*May 19th-20th, 2012: OBESSU General Assembly in Copenhagen, Denmark. 
*May 21th-25th, 2012: Conference "Art & Sport as Catalysts for Social Inclusion" in Copenhagen, Denmark. 
Find this event on  or register here (deadline: 3 April).

*July 31th-August 7th, 2012Summer School "Share your Skills" in Mollina, Spain.
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