The last months have been very full months for OBESSU. After the Summer School we concentrated our energies on the new Youth in Action application for the Summer School in 2012 in Spain. OBESSU also participated with a lot of enthusiasm in the II Youth Convention on Volunteering and the Education Stakeholders’ Forum. The II Youth Convention on Volunteering was organised by the European Youth Forum from 7th to 9th September on the Esplanade of the European Parliament in Brussels. OBESSU was highly involved in the event: we had a stand that was visited by high-level officials responsible for youth in Europe and even by the Princess of Belgium, we run a workshop on school student rights and the Light on the Rights documentary was shown at the cinema of the Volunteers’ Village. The event offered OBESSU the opportunity to have great visibility towards the institutions and other civil society organisations showing the results of our last events and explaining what OBESSU stands for.

OBESSU was also involved in the final draft of the Charter on Quality Internships and Apprenticeships. More news on this initiative will come soon, keep your eyes open!

September also saw the participation of OBESSU to the European Youth Forum’s MOs support week and to the Education Stakeholders’ Forum organised by EUCIS-LLL and the European Commission.  The Education Stakeholders’ Forum is a unique and very important event in the education field at European level. This year the focus was on the priorities of the 2nd cycle of Education and Training 2020. OBESSU Secretary General, Viviana Galli, chaired a workshop on active citizenship, equity and social inclusion, while Board member, Ivica Alpeza, contributed with OBESSU’s stand point to the workshop on quality and efficiency in education. OBESSU advocated for learner-centred education, peer education, school students’ involvement and proposed the introduction of a Structural Dialogue in Education as it happens already in the field of youth. You can read the official report of the Forum here.