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Vote@16: what is the role of education?

vote 16 keep calmIn September, OBESSU was represented at a European Youth Forum (YFJ) taskforce meeting on Vote@16 in Brussels. The meeting brought together different YFJ Member organisations campaigning in favour of lowering the voting age to 16.

During the two days, participants discussed about the situations in their Member organisations, what has been happening and what might happen in the future. Many of the participants were from National Youth Councils from countries that also have Member organisations in OBESSU, so synergies were quickly noticed.

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Global Call for Action: International Students’ Day

Logo+call_17NOV2014 finalOn International Students’ Day, 17th November 2014, we call on student organisations around the world to stand up for free education. On 17th November, we commemorate past student struggles and draw attention to the current ones. In 2014, as policy makers around the world gather to set a global education framework in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, we take action to assert the common student interest. We declare, most fundamentally that: education is a right.

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VET: can the so-called “dual model” be exported?

vet luke 2From the 15th-18th September 2014, OBESSU Board member Luke Shore was in Winterthur, Switzerland to represent the platform at the International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training. The high-level conference, organised by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Innovation and Research (SERI), brought together 400 delegates from ministries and government agencies from over 60 countries worldwide to share experience of reforming vocational education and training systems. For the Swiss government, this was an opportunity to showcase its relatively successful dual model to the world whilst for other governments, this was a chance for critical reflection on their own systems and an opportunity to learn from international best practice.

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