From the 18th to the 22nd of October, the OBESSU Board, met for the second time, in Helsinki, Finland. The aim of the meeting was to shape the implementation plan for 2020, to lay the foundation for the 17th of November campaign, prepare the Council of Members taking place in Brussels (Belgium) from the 5th to the 8th of December and to discuss the future of the platform. 

The 2020 Implementation Plan will focus on Disability, Grassroots Management, Education Funding, School Student Mobility and Environmental Awareness. Tackling these topics will be possible by creating events, campaigns and advocacy work, as well as identifying problems that our members face in their national work and providing solutions. The Board meeting also allowed us to properly plan the events of the following year, therefore we plan to work on strengthening the capacity of the organisation and to devote more time on the management of the grassroots. 

This years’ International Students’ Day, commemorated on the 17th of November, will focus on School Students’ Right, with an accent on the Declaration of School Students Rights. The document, adopted by the General Assembly of OBESSU, states the rights that the platform is striving for. If you want to support the campaign, you can sign our call for action and/ or if you want to get involved, you can send us, at secretariat@obessu.org, a short video of you reading an article of the Declaration that you find partiucularly relevant and answer one of these questions:

  • What the 17th of November means to you? 
  • Why school student unions are so essential?  
  • How school student activism changed your life? 

We will be very happy to share your contribution on our social media channels! 
We will conclude the campaign on the 5th of December with our membership and members of the European Parliament at the occasion of a panel discussion, that we are organising, on the role of school students and school students’ rights in building learning democracies. More infos and registration here

We are looking forward to continuing our work towards more qualitative education and more inclusive educational environments!