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The Organising Bureau of European  School Student Unions is a platform for cooperation between the national school  student unions active in general secondary and secondary vocational education  in Europe.  It was founded in April 1975 in Dublin, Ireland,  and brings together independent school student organisations from over 20  European countries.

As OBESSU we stand together to  represent the views of the school students in Europe towards the different  educational institutions and platforms, to uphold and improve the quality and  accessibility of education and educational democracy in Europe, to improve the  conditions in the secondary schools in Europe, to promote greater solidarity, cooperation  and understanding among the school students and to put an end of the  discrimination and injustice where they exist within the educational systems in  European countries. The  work of OBESSU is based on the statutory documents, the work plan and the  political platform.

OBESSU has the following  objectives:                    
  • To represent the school students as stakeholders of their  educational systems, and in issues in their lives;
  • To provide assistance and support to the national school  student unions and co-operate for the development of school student structures;
  • To encourage and enable exchange of experience and good  practices among the national school students unions;
  • To promote equal access to education and to strive for the  end of all discrimination and injustice within the educational and upbringing  systems;
  • To contribute to the  development of democratic education systems in Europe,  that promotes active citizenship in all forms;
  • To promote solidarity   and understanding between young people;
  • To provide assistance and support to the national school  student unions and co-operate for the development of school student structures.
In order to reach our  objectives, we:                
    • Fight for the interests of all school students in Europe;
    • Represent our Member Organisations towards the relevant  bodies and institutions;
    • Act as a coordinating body for national and regional  representative school student organisations, unions and structures in Europe;
    • Establish partnership/cooperation between the educational  stakeholders;
    • Organise activities for our member organisations (seminars,  training courses, conferences, round tables, etc.);
    • Work on the establishment/ development/ strengthening of  school student structures, encouraging and supporting students to stand up and  organize themselves on national level, offering them training and technical  assistance;
    • Act as a resource and information centre for the different  school student initiatives/ movements/ educational contacts in the countries  all over Europe;
    • Publish a monthly newsletter and a six-monthly magazine ("There  to Share") for our partner organizations;
    • Publish different materials/ manuals for school student  organizations and promote existing ones.
Our  organization is composed of the following bodies: General Assembly   , Council of Members, Monitoring  Committee, Board, Advisory Committee, Secretary General, Working groups.     
The European Students' Union (ESU) is an umbrella organisation of 49 National Unions of Students (NUS) from 38 countries. The NUSes are open to all students in their respective country regardless of political persuasion, religion, ethnic or cultural origin, sexual orientation or social standing. Our members are also student-run, autonomous, representative and operate according to democratic principles.

The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at the European level towards all relevant bodies and in particular the European Union, Bologna Follow Up Group, Council of Europe and UNESCO.

Through its members, ESU represents over 11 million students in Europe.

We work to bring together, resource, train and inform national student representatives on policy developments in higher education at the European level. Since decisions concerning higher education are increasingly taken at the European level, ESU's role as the only European-wide student platform is similarly growing. Our work centres around supporting our members through organising seminars, training, campaigns and conferences relevant to students, conducting European-wide research, partnership projects and campaigns, providing information services and producing a variety of publications. for both students, policy-makers and higher education professionals.