Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions
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Rue de l'Industrie, 10
(+32) 485 177 205
Mr Rasmus Aberg
Mr Rasmus Aberg
The Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions is the platform for cooperation between 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 more than 20 member and candidate organisations from all over Europe. All members are independent, national, representative and democratic school student organisations. OBESSU is a member of the European Youth Forum and of EUCIS-LLL, an associate member of the European Students’ Union and a stakeholder formally recognized by the Council of Europe and the European Union.
As OBESSU we stand together to represent the views of the school students in Europe towards the different educational institutions and platforms, to uphold and improve the quality and accessibility of education and educational democracy in Europe, to improve the conditions in the secondary schools in Europe, to promote greater solidarity, cooperation and understanding among the school students and to put an end of the discrimination and injustice where they exist within the educational systems in European countries. The work of OBESSU is based on the statutory documents, the work plan and the political platform.
OBESSU has the following objectives:
- To represent the school students as stakeholders of their educational systems, and in issues in their lives;
- To provide assistance and support to the national school student unions and co-operate for the development of school student structures;
- To encourage and enable exchange of experience and good practices among the national school students unions;
- To promote equal access to education and to strive for the end of all discrimination and injustice within the educational and upbringing systems;
- To contribute to the development of democratic education systems in Europe, that promotes active citizenship in all forms;
- To promote solidarity and understanding between young people;
- To provide assistance and support to the national school student unions and co-operate for the development of school student structures.
In order to reach our objectives, we:
- Fight for the interests of all school students in Europe;
- Represent our member organisations towards the relevant bodies and institutions;
- Act as a coordinating body for national and regional representative school student organisations, unions and structures in Europe;
- Establish partnership/cooperation between the educational stakeholders;
- Organise activities for our member organisations (seminars, training courses, conferences, round tables, etc.);
- Work on the establishment/ development/ strengthening of school student structures, encouraging and supporting students to stand up and organize themselves on national level, offering them training and technical assistance;
- Act as a resource and information centre for the different school student initiatives/ movements/ educational contacts in the countries all over Europe;
- Publish a monthly newsletter;
- Publish different materials/ manuals for school student organisations and promote existing ones.
Anything related to education, especially secondary school education. We are interested in topics like Europe 2020, ET 2020, the Education and Training Monitor, the Erasmus+ Programme and the activities of CULT.
OBESSU runs several projects every year, many of them funded by the EU or Council of Europe. For a list of recent activities, see http://www.obessu.org/what-we-did; for a list of upcoming activities see http://www.obessu.org/projects-2/whats-next.
Several projects funded by Erasmus+; regular meetings with stakeholders in the field of education; frequent external representation towards official EU institutions as well as partner organisations.
We also receive an operating grant from DG EAC.
100%: 1 50%: 2
We have three full-time staff and one external consultant who helps out with financial matters. We also have four members of the Board, but they are doing it on a voluntary basis and are not paid. The number of Board members change and generally ranges from four to seven. The present number is valid at the time of writing, March 2015.
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Please see http://www.obessu.org/members-list.
OBESSU is a member of the European Youth Forum (YFJ) and of the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL). We are also an Associated Member of the European Students' Union (ESU).
01/2014 - 12/2014
Civil Society Cooperation (Erasmus+ operating grant) (125 000) and a one-off grant from the EP for participation in the European Youth Event (3000)
The "national sources" is the Maribel foundation, a Belgian foundation for the socio-cultural sector.
"other source" of income is mainly participation fees for events, reimbursements for travel costs which our participants have joined.
By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.