OBESSU October Newsletter 2013 is out! 


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OBESSU’s thoughts on the European Parliament report on “Rethinking Education”

OBESSU, the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions, welcomes today’s adoption by the European Parliament of the “Rethinking Education” report.  Gauging the results of the vote, OBESSU is very pleased to see that the report puts great emphasis on the development on the learner, education as a human right and involvement of learners in decision-making processes, among other things. This is in sharp contrast to the European Commission position and OBESSU requests the Commission to take the EP report into account. Read more »

Yes, there is a problem

EWHAPOn the 16th of October OBESSU opened its doors for friends and partners, as the new OBESSU campaign “Education, we have a problem!” was officially launched in Brussels. Read more »


OBESSU at the United Nations General Assembly

UN GA picture 1Once again, the world’s political leaders gathered together in New York for the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly. In the week from 22nd to 30th September, OBESSU Board member Dejan Bojanić and the rest of the Youth Advocacy Group for the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative were there to follow the events which relate to education and echo the voices of young people in all relevant discussions. Several interesting topics regarding education and youth were discussed. Read more »

Working together for Reforms

ETY forumOBESSU at the European Commission’s Education, Training and Youth Forum in Brussels, 17th and 18th October. Once again, for the eighth year now, the main educational stakeholders got together to recap the state of education today and make joint plans for its future developments. Read more »

First World Congress on Access to Post-Secondary Education

An initiative of the European Access Network, the Congress brought together 250 education experts from over 40 countries with the aim of “connecting the unconnected”. The Congress was convened to catalyse a global movement of academics, students and civil society to widen access to higher education. Read more »

Ad-hoc taskforce meeting on Structured Dialogue of the European Youth Forum

Adhoc 1The two daymeeting of the ad-hoc taskforce took place in Mollina together with the UYD. The taskforce, including five representatives of national youth councils (NYC) and two representatives of international non-governmental youth organisations (INGYO), one of them OBESSU, discussed the ideal future of the Structured Dialogue process.  Read more »

Education, we have a problem!

How much?Education, we have a problem!

Introduction to the new OBESSU campaign "Education, we have a problem!" Read more below in this Newsletter and visit


How much?

Money The first month of the campaign will focus on costs in education. ‘How much?‘ is a question, asked almost daily, when eating at a restaurant or visiting the bakery for example. But did you ever ask the question to your Principal? Read more...


What are hidden costs?

Hidden costs pic Hidden costs in education are costs that exist where education is said to be free but is not. Tuition fees are for instance not hidden costs, since they are public costs that school students are aware of. But when additional costs that you as a school student were not expecting occur, for instance when you have to pay for transportation to get to school or for your school books, then they can be counted as hidden costs. Other examples of hidden costs are school materials, study trips and school meals. OBESSU is against all fees linked to education, including hidden costs. Read more...

Education costs – what do school student unions do?

For school student unions all around Europe, it is a well known fact that education is expensive and a lot of work is put into actions to make education more financially accessible for everyone. These actions include lobbying and demonstrations against fees, but also different actions giving school students the opportunity to pay less for their school books and material for example.Have a look at what four of the OBESSU Member and Candidate organisations do and have done in order to ease the cost of education for school students in their countries. Read more...

Free meals or hungry school students?

10.10 meals In most European countries, a free school lunch is not considered to be a right that school students have. OBESSU wants to change this set of mind by putting the light on something that most people do not care about: what school students today eat. How much do you actually know about school lunches in other countries? Did you know it should be free? Read more...

School Costs in Europe

This data was collected by the participants of the 2011 OBESSU Summer School “One World, One Care” Read more...

school costs in europe

Closing words - How much?

10.10 meals How much should education cost to be inclusive?
Education should always be free. Every young person, no matter their socio-economic background, has the same equal right to quality education. This can only be assured by making education free for all.

Is education too expensive?
Educational costs vary everywhere, which is a problem and a cause of inequality. Some school systems in Europe, at secondary level, impose compulsory school fees. An even bigger problem is however, when the actual costs are higher than expected. Books, school material and transport are hidden costs that not everyone can afford.

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Council Declaration on the European Alliance of Apprenticeships

On 15th October the Council of the European Union adopted a Declaration on the European Alliance of Apprenticeships (EAfA), which was greatly welcomed by OBESSU. This Declaration underlines the Council’s guidelines for the EAfA, and the majority of these go along with the OBESSU positions on apprenticeships. Read more...

Expert seminar on Quality Assurance and permeability of Higher Education and Vocational Education

The clear intent of this seminar organised by the European Commission, EQAVET and CEDEFOP was to bring forward the following idea: the criteria used to assess the Quality of Higher Education (HE) are valid also in  Vocational Education and Training (VET) and vice versa; therefore we can merge them in order to pursue simplification in quality assurance and make the criteria more relevant for learners. Thus this would lead us towards a single European Area of Skills. Read more...

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What is EYCA 2013 doing?

Do you know what is active citizenship? Do you know what the Alliance of the European Year of Citizens is doing during the whole year to promote active citizenship? If you want to know what they are doing, check out the video! 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 more than 20 European countries. All member organisations are independent, national, representative and democratic school student organisations.

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