★ ISM - UK
School Strike in Solidarity with Refugees
In response to this call to action between 3,500 and 5,000 pupils and supporters gathered in the streets of Hamburg today. Unsurprisingly the demo was not supported by the school board. School authorities even attempted to intimidate pupils by threatening to register all who are missing classes and that everyone who attends the protest needs to present a letter of apology from the parents. On the other hand the education union (GEW) supports the pupils saying that it is a practical lesson in political education.
Many banners and posters with different slogans were displayed (see pictures below) and slogans such as "no border - no nation - stop deportation!" heard.
In the same context also more than 400 pupils and students rallied in Frankfurt/M on the same day in the afternoon. The rally was also supported by the general students' committee of the Goethe University of Frankfurt/M.
the speech bubble says: deportation means torture - deportation means murder
Erich-Kästner school against racism
No one is illegal! Ⓐ
Reclaim Education - December 2013
an ISM newsletter
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This edition focuses on the activities in connection with the GLOBAL WAVE of ACTION for FREE EDUCATION [Nov.17 - 23, 2013].
December 4th, 2013
Protests against Tuition Fees
and for Free Education ...
... in Taipei
Around 50 students gathered in front of the Ministry of Education in Taipei to protest increasing tuition fees. The rally was also called by the Anti-Commercialisation of Education Union (反教育商品化聯盟) - Free Education Movement, which was initiated during a meeting at the National Taiwan University following a similar protest in March 2012.
Various speeches were held, among others the severe debt many students are facing was pointed out. Many students in Taiwan - just like in many other parts of the world - are highly indebted. Each year about 400,000 students are forced to take up loans.
In Taiwan twice as many students attend private (technical) universities than public ones. Both charge tuition fees although for private ones they are significantly higher. They can afford to charge high fees because places at public institutions are limited and people need to pass a rigid selection process (usually through test results) before being able to enrol at a public university.
Ironically this makes the public universities elite institutions. Many are afraid that they might feel forced to attend private universities.
For details on the (higher) education system in Taiwan you might find this propaganda brochure from the Ministry of Education to be useful.
... in Bremen
Activities Worldwide related to the
GLOBAL WAVE of ACTION for FREE EDUCATION
The following is an attempt to put together some of the activities related to the GLOBAL WAVE of ACTION for FREE EDUCATION (Nov.17-23, 2013) sorted by locations. Basis of the GWoA was this call to action.
The GWoA was the first global coordination through the International Student Movement platform since the GLOBAL EDUCATION STRIKE in 2012.
For details click on the according city/ region:
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Support Radio Študent in Ljubljana
Radio Študent (Ljubljana, Slovenia) emerged as a direct product of the student movement of 1968; when the first three hours of test programming were broadcast from the student dormitories in Ljubljana on 9 May 1969, no one could have imagined that at the end of the 1980s, Radio Študent would play a key media role in the independence of Slovenia. Today, 44 generations and countless individuals later, the Radio Študent Institute has over 150 regular contributors and is the oldest and largest student, community and independent radio station in Europe and a unique media, cultural, educational and research institution in Slovenia and beyond.
Yet despite its significance and the important role it plays, a systemic solution has yet to be found that would enable it to exist and develop free of the ever-present fear that it will fall hostage to the narrow interests of its various organizational founders and other external factors; in recent times, it has also been in danger of being deprived of the basic funding it requires to broadcast its regularly scheduled programming and carry out its societal mission of satisfying the educational, scientific, artistic and other needs of the student population and other groups.
Due to a drop in revenues from student work and the resulting drastic cuts made by Radio Študent's founder, the Student Organization of the University of Ljubljana, and furthermore due to the shifting of responsibility and ignorance and irresponsiveness of other competent institutions and stakeholders, a bold question mark hangs over the continued existence of Radio Študent. The question of the continued existence of Radio Student is not just a question of the survival of some radio station; it is a question of preserving independent media and independent culture and the historic achievements of independent and spontaneous student action in its most positive form. Ultimately, it is a question of civilization, a question of maintaining and preserving a culture and organization free from capital and politics.
Even at the present, Radio Študent is fighting against time, and thus working for time, for the sake of times to come; it remains faithful to the old adage from 1968 – the revolutionary year that saw its creation – in the belief that these words ring more true today than ever before:"Let's be realistic, let's demand the impossible!"
For the complete petition go to: radiostudent.si.