18 year old Declan Burgess, from the Moor, Cashel was recently elected the international officer of The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU).
A 6th year student in Cashel Community School Declan has a keen interest in politics, international relations, current affairs and history.
ISSU is a student movement inspiring and empowering young people to realise their voice, it’s aim is to engage young people with their education and it is indeed a catalyst for change in the Irish education system. For the past year Declan has served as deputy president of the union. Declan said: “I thoroughly enjoyed representing second-level students on a national level for the last year. I have worked hard on the best possible policies and representation for all students through my work on ISSU”. The new role of International officer will involve Declan working with the Organising Bureau of European School Students Union (OBESSU). Declan will represent the Irish second-level students on a European level at various conferences and events throughout Europe for his term. OBESSU is the 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 and brings together organisations from more than 20 European countries. All member organisations are independent, national, representative and democratic school student organisations. Declan explained OBESSU’s main functions is to represent the school students as stakeholders of their educational systems, and in issues concerning their lives. Also, to provide the national school student unions with assistance and support and to co-operate for the development of school student representative structures. The young community activist from Cashel is committed to student voice in all areas of decision making.