Assembly Toolkit - Generation D-liberation

This is a toolkit to help you discuss your ideas for the future of Europe. It can be used by classes, in large groups of up to 40 people, or just by a few students who want to discuss together. We’ve tried to make it as flexible and adaptable as possible.

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THROUGH SCHOOL STUDENTS’ EYES: Impact and Challenges of COVID-19 on Education Systems in Europe

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic represented, for many EU countries, the biggest disruption to educational continuity since the Second World War. School closures impacted over 17 million students. National governments set their priorities: reducing the number of deaths, managing borders, alleviating the pressure on strained public healthcare systems, protecting the economy. Yet a consensus is building that this crisis is and will disproportionately affect young people, if only for the sole fact that they are going to live the longest through its consequences.

This report seeks to amplify school students’ voices bridging the last two academic years disrupted by the pandemic. It focuses on the instruction they received, its contents and modalities, students’ overall well-being, and their views on the actions to take in order to “build back better”.

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#Ecofighters A Guide For School Students Into Environmental Activism

#EcoFighters - A Guide for School Students into Environmental Activism was created based on the input gathered from OBESSU member organisations via a survey, focus groups with OBESSU member organisations, young activists and youth organisations on European and global level, inputs and guidance from the preparatory team, as well as. interviews with young people active in the field of environmental activism.

This publication was produced by the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU) with the support of the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe. It does not necessarily reflect the official position of the Council of Europe.


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#PeerPower: Guidelines on Peer Education

This document - Guidelines on Peer Education - provides school student activists and staff supporting them, with an overview of what it takes to organise an activity related to peer education and an activity implementing peer education.

The Guidelines are an outcome of the OBESSU Work Plan 2018-2020 #PeerPower - Peer education as tool to empower school students that has been financially supported by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe. 

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International Officer Welcome Guide

Turnover of people in our organisations is quite high. To make the handover period a bit easier for you, we prepared a welcome guide for international officers.

The guide includes:

- expectations from the board
- basics to get the new IO started
- common IO tasks
- explanations of our communication tools 
- links to videos made by OBESSU which explain different aspects of our work

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The school student guide to the universe of democratic participation: Planet European Parliament Elections

In May 2019 the elections for the European Parliament will take place, however, they are still not accessible to all young people either due to their age or their citizenship status.

With this guide, we would like to provide some opportunities and give ideas to young people who cannot take part in the democratic processes on different levels, and especially on the EU level as the elections are approaching by suggesting some activities that can be organised to familiarise oneself more with the EU, election process or just a general democratic processes that exist. These activities can be adapted and adjusted to feet the needs of the group or to fit to a specific process (eg local elections).

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All Included: Toolkit for Migrant Student Empowerment

This toolkit is made in the framework of the OBESSU project called “Seeds for Integration” that aims at building an inclusive school environment for all school students, regardless of their ethnicity, nationality, country of origin or mother tongue. This toolkit is a collection of different project templates for you to take inspiration. You will also find some tips and guidelines on how to run a project, from the writing phase to the management and the reporting.

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European School Student Cooperation

This publication is aimed for use by school students who wish to become more involved on a European level. It was created by participants of OBESSU’s “European School Students’ Cooperation” event from 3-8 March 2018 in Gdansk, Poland. This event and publication were financed by the VISEGRAD fund. 

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Coloured Glasses - Manual for Intercultural & Global Citizenship Education

The Coloured Glasses - Manual for Intercultural & Global Citizenship Education is a publication created by European Educational Exchanges - Youth for Understanding (EEE-YFU), with whom OBESSU is cooperating in a two-year project (2017 – 2018) called “Coloured Glasses: Expanding Intercultural Education”.

The Manual for School Students

The Manual, written BY and FOR school students, is a journey throughout the creation of a democratic school student organisation, imagined as a space trip in the “school student universe”. Readers will jump on a “space rocket” and travel through communication strategies, democratic decision-making, policy influencing and mobilisation processes, as well as through networking, economic sustainability and event organising. The 4 chapters are simple and easy-to-read, adapted to every student and accompanied by examples, powerful pictures and graphics.

This Manual has been printed thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign!

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EU Education Policy - A short guide

Many young people, and specifically school students, feel very far from the European Union Institutions. Attempts and efforts are being done to bring both parts together, but with difficult results. This booklet aims at helping young people and school students to understand the European Union structure and decision-making, as well as identifying what are the spaces where they can influence and participate.

A Joint Vision for Secondary and Higher Education for All in Europe

OBESSU, together with European Students’ Union (ESU) and Education International (EI) developed a joint statement in relation to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and its 17 related goals, which the United Nations adopted in September 2015. Now the result of this work is here!

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Toolbox for young campaigners on Vocational Education and Training

In 2012 OBESSU launched a campaign called “Claim your Voice!” which tackled aspects of Vocational Education and Training (VET). In the framework of the campaign, due to the relevance of the topic, OBESSU also coordinated a Youth in Action project for young campaigners on VET, called “YOUVET Training”. The project aimed to raise awareness and promote activism between young people in order to run advocacy and lobbying campaigns for and with VET students. During the training, student activists shaped contents and shared best practices which were then processed and gathered in this toolbox: a collection of practical ideas, information and concrete tools each school student activist or trainer can use when dealing with Vocational Education and Training.

Guidelines for Inclusion Education - Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression

This publication was developed and updated during a joint IGLYO-OBESSU study session. Standing together: action and advocacy against bullying took place at the Council of Europe’s European Youth Centre in Budapest in March 2014, bringing together over 35 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth and student activists and school student activists from across Europe to develop strategies and methods to create the most inclusive educational environment possible.

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The Declaration of School Student Rights

OBESSU proclaims this Declaration of School Student Rights as a common standard for all educational systems. As a matter of educational and social justice, the Declaration shall promote the end that all actors in the educational community and wider society uphold their duty to ensure the effective observation and recognition of school students’ rights. The declaration of the inalienable rights set forth herein shall promote respect for school students and further the cause of school students in their struggle to realise and maintain their rightful place in school and in society. The declaration was adopted in July 2006 by the General Assembly of OBESSU held in Ohrid, Macedonia.

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A Manual for school students translated in Macedonian

This is the translation into Macedonian of the Manual for School Students that has been written in 2006 to introduce school students to the work of a school student union with all its different aspects.

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Educational Roadmap

School Students' Europe 2019 OBESSU asked four parties, currently holding the most seats in the European Parliament to share their vision when it comes to education. With this overview we want to give a non-partisan insight on European Parties positions in education.

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Case study: Hidden costs in education

As “Education, we have a problem!”, the OBESSU campaign on social inclusion, looked at hidden costs in education (among other topics), OBESSU decided to conduct a case study on exactly this to show how hidden costs affect school students' access to quality education in European countries.

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Education at 360 Guidelines

Guidelines for evaluation and quality assurance of education.

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Toolkit#1 for EPEP

Practical toolkit including: How to plan a campaign for the European Parliament elections 2014? What about the EU?

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Toolkit#2 for EPEP

Practical toolkit including national advocacy, EU strategies, voting systems and relevant links!

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