An OBESSU Working Group
51 backers
2 face-to-face meetings
Tons of emails
More than 35.000 words
40 pictures and graphics
80 pages

These are just a few numbers to give you an idea of the new Manual!

But let’s take a few steps back…

In 2006 OBESSU developed a Manual for School Students, a tool aiming at encouraging participation of school students, giving them concrete tools and knowledge necessary to create, run and develop a democratic school student structure.

This Manual has been used all over Europe by different school student organisations and movements as a weapon to chance and improve the education systems in their countries. In order to overcoming language barriers and to get closer to the grass roots, the Manual has also been translated into different languages, including Georgian and Macedonian, having a strong impact within these two countries.

 After 10 years, OBESSU believed that a revision was needed. This is the reason why in 2015 OBESSU established a Working Group, made of three school students, a Board and Secretariat members.

After more than a year of hard work, two face-to-face meetings, several online calls, lots of emails, the Working Group finalised the renew Manual for School Students! The official launch of the new Manual took place in Strasbourg, France, in the framework of the European Youth Event, 20-21 May 2016, where the Working Group ran an interactive workshop to introduce this new tool to school students.

The Manual, written BY and FOR school students, is a journey throughout the creation of a democratic school student organisation, imagined as a space trip in the “school student universe”. Readers will jump on a “space rocket” and travel through communication strategies, democratic decision-making, policy influencing and mobilisation processes, as well as through networking, economic sustainability and event organising. The 4 chapters are simple and easy-to-read, adapted to every student and accompanied by examples, powerful pictures and graphics.

In April 2015, OBESSU launched a crowdfunding campaign which aimed to print 250 copies of the Manual. Wondering about the result? Goal reached and exceeded! We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you once more to all the backers and all the people who made it possible!

We did our part. Now it is up to you to use it, share it and keep it alive and a useful tool for school student activists all over Europe and beyond!

Read and download the online version here!