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Call for participants to Study Session “Deport Xenophobia from European Classrooms”

image 2The first OBESSU activity in 2015 will be the Study Session: Deport Xenophobia from European Classrooms, taking place in the European Youth Center of the Council of Europe in Budapest, Hungary, 22 February – 1 March 2015 (including travel days).

We are now opening the call for participants and we hope that all Member and Candidate Organisations want to take part. If you are interested, please read the call and apply no later than 5 December.

If you have any questions, queries or would like some more information, please contact Board Member Giuseppina Tucci at or the OBESSU secretariat at

Download the call here.

Youth employment: building a sustainable future

IMG_1204From the 12th to the 14th November young people from all over Europe gathered in Rome to discuss the hot topic of youth employment, tools and strategies to build a sustainable future. The conference was organised by the European Youth Forum (YFJ) in cooperation with the Forum Nazionale Giovani (Italian Youth Council – FNG), in the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

One year after the previous Youth Employment event held in Paris, Member Organisations met to discuss follow-ups in workshops, plenary sessions and panels with experts, focusing on two main strands: Labour market policies and Investing in sustainable growth and job creation.

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OBESSU reaction to the Education and Training Monitor 2014

reactionOn the 13th of November, the European Commission released the third annual Education and Training Monitor. The Monitor is a collection of statistics in the field of education from the EU’s member states with policy recommendations from the Commission based on these statistics.

OBESSU would like to point out its approval of what is stated already in the foreword of the 2014 Monitor: “The purpose of education is to prepare individuals for life and to instil a sense of democratic citizenship; and to do so for all learners, regardless of socio-economic and cultural differences”. This is a welcome shift away from the narrow view, often heard on European education debates, that education is primarily a tool for growth.

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