Next Generation EDU: joint statement and commentary on the involvement of civil society organisations

ESU, OBESSU, Lifelong Learning Platform and Civil Society Europe issued a joint statement deploring the lack of involvement of national education stakeholders and civil society organisations in the draft of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans, providing a commentary with some national examples taken from their membership.

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Green Erasmus - Fill in a survey

You may have heard of the ambitious Green Erasmus project – about the importance of sustainable internationalisation and to empower students and student organisations to be the agents of change, pushing for improvements on the topic of environmental sustainability.

Currently, we are conducting a survey on good practices of higher education institutions (HEIs) in the field of sustainable internationalisation. The analysis of the results will be used to complete research on student’s habits and a handbook for HEIs.

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Study Session on Sustainability: Call for participants

ESU is proud to announce a call for participants of the study session ‘Peer Education for Social Sustainability – Do your part!’. The Council of Europe kindly supports the event.

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Study Session on Sustainability: Call for Trainers

We are looking for three enthusiastic, motivated and experienced trainers to help us deliver a Study Session in September/October 2021. These positions are voluntary (unpaid), but the Council of Europe fully covers all travel, food, supplies and other costs.

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Join Voicify to foster the political participation of youth with migratory experiences

We are organisations led by young people with migratory experiences. We believe #PoliticalParticipation is a #HumanRight.

- Are you an organisation or a group led by young refugees, exiled, migrants, asylum seekers or undocumented people?

- Are you tired of being affected by policies you can't even have a say on?

Join Voicify: develop your capacities, increase your impact, and work with similar organizations to fight for our rights.

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2021-22 Mellon/SAR Academic Freedom Workshop & Fellowships

Are you an early-career researcher working on academic freedom issues? Scholars at Risk offers you a remote fellowship for the period November 2021-June 2022: it provides a research stipend and supportive professional workshop/community for researchers to develop and share related work. In addition, recipients will have the opportunity to gain exposure to SAR’s programming and to network with SAR partner experts on academic freedom issues.

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Call for action: support Belarusian students!

Since the rigged Presidential elections of 9th August 2020, at least 480 students have been detained and 158 were expelled from their universities. At least 41 students are under criminal prosecution (with sentences up to 4 years of prison), 12 of whom are now under a collective trial, and many student activists are now living in exile in several European countries. Belarusian students need your help! Read how you can help them.

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Turn it Around! Flashcards for Education Futures

Soliciting art and written contributions from young people around the world, the flashcards will be developed to influence policymakers to include quality climate education within their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) ahead of the PreCOP26 conference in Milan and the COP26 conference in Glasgow.

Digital and physical copies will be available and will elevate youth voices within these important climate related conferences. Simultaneously, a policy report will be developed to compliment the UNESCO Future of Education initiative launch in November.

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Launch of the SMILE Project Website

ESU, on behalf of the SMILE project consortium, is happy to announce the launch of the SMILE project website.

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Join us in Huelva, Spain

Join us during an International Multiplier Event on the topics of Student Participation, good governance and challenges of higher education and the development of new practices to promote student participation in Huelva, Spain, starting on July 21. More details on the event’s website!

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Final Results Booklet

We are happy to introduce the Final Results Booklet as a part of the transnational campaign for the PAC (Previously Acquired Competences) recognition!

AEGEE-Europe, in partnership with Together, Moving Forward - TMF, organised an online survey from 22 February to 28 March 2021 to gather an overall picture of the accessibility of European Higher Education Institutions for TCN (third-country national) students. As a follow-up and to deeply assess individual experiences of TCNs regarding PAC recognition, AEGEE-Europe and TMF organised two focus groups on the 7th and 8th of May 2021.

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The Future of Quality Assurance: Role and Perspectives of Student Involvement and Student Expert Pools

Do you wonder what the future of quality assurance would look like if you took into account the role and perspectives of student involvement?

Check the poster to learn more about how student experts from our Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool see the future of Quality Assurance.

To collect data and directly involve our members, we used a questionnaire and a digitally organized Think Tank to consult them in qualitative and quantitative ways.

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European Parliament resolution on the Recovery and Resilience Plans

In its resolution, the European Parliament stresses the importance to invest in education and youth, and reaffirms the importance to involve national and European civil society organisations in the design and implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans.

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European Parliament resolution on Belarus

The European Parliament, in its resolution on Belarus, quoted the data provided by ESU member the Belarusian Students' Association on student repression in the country, and called on the Member States and the Commission to offer scholarships to Belarusian students and scholars expelled from universities and imprisoned for their pro-democratic stance.

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C20 Working Group on Citizenship and Education: recommendations

The Civil20 Working Group on Citizenship and Education, which ESU is part of, issued its recommendations. It focuses on: investing in education as the main lever to affect inequalities and restore equality of opportunity; close the education financing gap with a particular focus on investing resources to support countries in responding to and recovering from the crisis; adopt Lifelong learning to build a democratic culture: protection of common goods and human rights; promote Education 4.0: Global citizenship as the main transversal competence to be citizens of the future; increase transformative education at the service of sustainable development: care of planet and earth's inhabitants in the pandemic era; promote gender equality and women's and girls' empowerment in and through education. The Civil20 is a formal engagement group of the G20, open to any civil society organisations from any countries of the world.

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5th Thessaloniki International Media Summer Academy 2021

5th Thessaloniki International Summer Academy 2021. It will take place between 16-23 July 2021 under the title: “New trends in Media and Journalism: Turning crisis into opportunity”. The International Media Summer Academy will address and focus on issues that are timely and critically important.

Building on the success of previous Summer Academies, Thessaloniki International Media Summer Academy 2021 will focus on new trends in Journalism and Media, with an emphasis on ways to tackle misinformation, fake news and verification techniques, crisis in the field of Communication and new models in modern Journalism Organizations.

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Capacity building on Independent Student Journalism

The GSF, in collaboration with the Global Voices, is organising a two-day capacity building seminar for student representatives from the regional and national membership.

1. Participants will learn how to understand the fundamental elements of independent citizen journalism targeting a global audience across languages (via translation)

2, Apply journalistic styles of writing to human rights and solidarity reporting based on the standards applied and used by Global Voices

3. Further their understanding of the global-local nexus in writing

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Global Student Summit: Vaccine Justice Through Fairness, Trust and Responsibility.

Join the Global Student Summit: Vaccine Justice through fairness, trust and responsibility.

An unfair and uneven distribution of vaccines globally may have the effect of exacerbating the immediate and long-term harms of the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, the Global Student Forum is hosting a student summit on vaccine justice. This summit will reiterate demands to global leaders and governments for economic fairness and a just distribution of patent free vaccines 12th of July!

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Communication and Campaigning Support

GSF is searching for a person to support the Secretariat in Brussels for 6 months from the 13th of September 2021 till the 09th of March 2022.

The 6 month – internship is funded by the Eurodyssey Programme – Assembly of the European Regions.
Interested? Please check out the offer and eligibility criteria by clicking “learn more“.

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