Member of the Board
Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU)
I am 20 years old and I am a board member of OBESSU (the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions). OBESSU is the platform for co-operation 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 member and observer organisations from more than 20 European countries. All member organisations are independent, national, representative and democratic school student organisations. In OBESSU we stand together to contribute to the development of democratic educational systems in Europe, that promote active citizenship in all forms and to promote equal access to education and to strive for the end of all discrimination and injustice within the educational systems. Currently OBESSU has a focus on many areas, among many other things we are a recognised stakeholder in VET (Vocational education and training), and we work on issues related to early school leaving and with social inclusion of young people. I have myself been involved in different organisations as a volunteer since I was 15. After completing my secondary school I had a gap year and worked as President of the national union of Swedish speaking secondary school students in Finland. I have been on the board of OBESSU since August 2012. I live in Turku, Finland, and I study Political Science at the Åbo Akademi University in the same city. I belong to the Swedish language minority in Finland and I grew up in a reality where you had to protect your rights in order to ensure them. This and the fact that I became involved in activism at quite an early age have had a big influence on me and my life later on.