At the beginning, UNEL served as an Umbrella Organisation of Luxembourgish Student Unions. In the 50´s and 60´s, the main focus lay on social and student orientated topics such as: student aid system, student accommodation, democratisation of the educational system, abolishment of compulsory military service, etc.
Due to intern discrepancies the umbrella organisation was split up and during the year 1977, UNEL managed to form an independent student organisation. In the 1990´s, school students were integrated into the organisation and the European Student Unions (ESU) membership was acquired.
Since then, UNEL supported, initialised and participated in many campaigns such as: demonstration against war in Iraq in 2003, campaign about regulations concerning student jobs “5611” in 2006, initialising one of the biggest school students/students strike in Luxembourg in 2014 against the new student aid reform and many more…
Any individual being in a secondary school (including VET students) as well as higher education students can be a member of UNEL.
Number of Members: around 300 individual members.
UNEL defends the interests of every student and pupil living in Luxembourg and/or originated from Luxembourg, independent of his/her nationality, religion or ethnic origin. UNEL aims towards a democratic school system, based on justice and solidarity.
UNEL defends the democratic rights of all people, and stands with those who defend or try to extend these rights.
Other aims are: to provide information about the Luxembourgish as well as European school and university systems, to fight against any form of discrimination and to encourage an open debate about students and pupils rights. Furthermore, UNEL is also focusing on social matters.
- School student reforms
- Student aid reform
- Youth unemployment
- Student accommodation
- School Students’ rights
- 2013: Campaign against Everyday Racism;
- 2014: one of the biggest school student and student mobilisation in Luxembourg against the planned student aid reform, leading to immense cuts.
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