The new OBESSU Newsletter is out!
December 2011

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

As you can see, we are giving our newsletter a make over! If you have any suggestions to make our newsletter better, do not hesitate to let us know!

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


7th European School Student Convention: “Inspiring!”

Between the 11th and 15th December 2011 OBESSU’s 7th European School Student Convention “New Skills for New Schools: Students, Education & Training and work” was held in Oslo, Norway. There was a total of 48 people and 19 OBESSU organisations present from 14 different countries. We spent five days discussing among others Vocational Education and Training (VET), apprenticeships and guidance and leading up to a Resolution on the topics! Read more »


OBESSU took Civil Society Prize home!

On the 7th of December, OBESSU was awarded the 3rd Civil Society Prize during the plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee for the ‘Light on the Rights’ Bus Tour project.
Read more »

OBESSU attends Early School Leaving Thematic Working Group

OBESSU has been invited to be part of the European Commission’s Thematic Working Group on Early-School Leaving. The group was created in line with the Europe 2020 and Education and Training 2020 target of lowering to 10% the rate of early school leavers. The working group is composed of government representatives from the EU member states but also Iceland, Turkey, Norway and Croatia, as well as representatives of European NGOs (as OBESSU, European Parents’ Association – EPA, Teachers’ trade unions – ETUCE) and researchers. OBESSU is the only representative of learners in the group and our presence and contribution is, therefore, highly important. Read more »

The Youth Academy of Active Students (KÖDAK)

Held 5 weekends in 5 different cities during september and december, KÖDAK training was organized by MAKOSZ. KÖDAK is a leadership training that helps its participants evolve in 5 different areas in 5 weekends. Before the 5 weekends there was an interview in two cities where 16 students were chosen to represent their organizations and start learning new things which they can use to help their home organizations. Read more »

The GSSUA took part in the 4th Georgian Youth Organizations Forum

The Georgian School Students Unions Alliance (GSSUA), OBESSU’s new contact organisation from Georgia, participated in the 4th Georgian youth organizations forum from the 10th-12th of November. 115 representatives from 95 organizations attended the forum. Read more »

Report on MAKOSZ’ 18th General Assembly

The 18th    general assembly  of  the Union of Hungarian High school Students from Romania (MAKOSZ) was organised in Gheorgheni between the  9th and 11th   of  December. 52 delegates from 10 counties represented their student council. Read the full report about this event by the MAKOSZ press office here! Read more »

ESSA on BBC about new ‘co-operative’ schools

Katie Rodgers took part on the BBC Politics Show on behalf of ESSA, OBESSU’s UK member organisation, in a discussion with the headmaster of the first school to become ‘co-operative’ in January. This means that pupils, teachers, parents and the wider community will together “own” the school. Read more »



30 stakeholders adopt common messages on “Erasmus for All” Programme

On 12th of December a coalition of 30 European networks gathered in Brussels. These networks represent thousands of organizations in education. They adopted a common message on the future of the “Erasmus for All” programme. OBESSU was not present but shared its inputs with the platform. The requests of the coalition are in line with the resolution that was adopted during OBESSU’s COMEM last weekend in Oslo. The next meeting of this consortium will be on the 11th of January with Xavier Prats Monné, the Deputy Director General of DG EA.


Internships and Apprenticeships in Europe: A Call for Change

On 14 December the European Youth Forum (EYF), in cooperation with MEPs, various civil society and youth organisations, issued a call for action to tackle youth unemployment, by launching the European Quality Charter on Internships and Apprenticeships. With the support of the OECD a conference was organised. The EYF recently also published the results of ‘Interns Revealed’, a pan-European survey, which gathered close to 4 000 responses. The survey looks into the lives of interns across Europe, and explains why the last generation seems to be the ‘intern generation’.

UN adopts Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training

The United Nations General Assembly in New York adopted the Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training on the 19th of December. This landmark document recognises the right of every one of the planet’s seven billion people to have access to human rights education, a lifelong process involving all ages, all parts of society, and every kind of education, formal and informal.


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

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