OBESSU joined the kick off meeting of the Inclusive Mobility Alliance, organised by the Erasmus Student Network, that took place in Brussels on the 27-28 of September.

This alliance gathers organisations from the youth, higher education and disability sector, and aims at making the Erasmus+ programme more inclusive by producing recommendations and guidelines.

This alliance is borned from the observation that the number of students with disabilities taking part in Erasmus+ is ridiculously low and has been almost stagnating since 2007, while the number of young people experiencing Erasmus+ exchanges is increasing rapidly. Many are questioning the inclusiveness of the programme and the efforts made by European Commission. In this context the alliance will play a crucial role.

During the two days meeting, organisations’ representatives had the opportunity to exchange opinions, experiences and good practices. OBESSU brought the school student perspective into every discussion with the goal of ensuring that more mobility opportunities are created for school students within the frame of the Erasmus+ programme.

The alliance already collected enough input to make a first set of recommendations. We are looking forward to meet the partners again in December, when a conference will be organised in the European Parliament. We will provide more informations about this event in the upcoming months. Meanwhile, we will keep working with the partners to consolidate the Alliance and make it sustainable.