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The International Student Movement (ISM) is an independent communication platform for groups and activists around the world to exchange information, network and coordinate activities in our struggle against the increasing commercialisation of education and for free emancipatory education for all!

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Reclaim Education vol.03 issue 01 - an ISM newsletter

Reclaim Education - June 2013
an ISM newsletter

These past few weeks people decided to re-launch Reclaim Education - an ISM newsletter. And now the first issue since September 2011 is finally really to be published!
It consists of two A4 pages and can therefore be conveniently printed onto one sheet of paper. Download the .pdf here (~ 6mb).

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Reclaim Education #9 by International Student Movement

Marburg Call for Education – Democratization instead of Commercialization!

The following statement was agreed on by various teachers, parents, and (school) students in Marburg (Germany) in April 2013 after a month long discussion. The process was actively facilitated by the local Education and Science Workers' Union (GEW Marburg-Biedenkopf) and is currently being spread in the region and beyond, also through this petition.

We want to use this opportunity to express our solidarity with fellow teachers, students, workers and parents around the world struggling against the increasing commercialization of education, precarious working conditions, as well as for free emancipatory education for all.

To inform people in other parts of the world that also in Marburg we are actively involved in the struggle this statement was translated into English.

 

Marburg Call for Education
Democratization instead of Commercialization!

May 16: Rectorate Occupied at the University of Belgrade

May 16th: Rectorate Occupied
at the University of Belgrade

Reported by Miodrag on the global ISM fb page:

On May 16th students occupied the headship of the University of Belgrade (main administration building / rector's office) and brought it under student control.

Short-term demands by the protesters:

  1. Stopping increases in tuition fees now;
  2. Stopping the ongoing abolition of university autonomy;
  3. Public support by the academic community (teachers).
Long-term demands by the protesters:
  1. Free (publicly funded) education for all;
  2. Stopping the implementation of the Bologna declaration;
  3. Replacing student parliaments with direct democratic bodies.
The occupation peaked in a press conference, which was held at the occupied building during the next day (May 17). After that the students left the building again.
This was the first in a series of actions planned for this season. During an assembly it was decided that this occupation was just a warning so it was held for one night only this time. Further protests and a set of actions are already scheduled for the next week.
When asked what the protesters mean by demanding to see "the abolition of university autonomy" constrained a fellow activist on the ground said:
We demand autonomy of the university because state institutions (and private interests) in coordination with official representative student bodies, are trying to control the political situation at the university. They are threatening with police and already hired private forces (security agencies) to fight students which stood up for their rights. Autonomy primarily means that the police have no business being inside the university, students have the right to directly and democratically decide on university issues and to organize freely within the territory of the university. All these rights are consistently and persistently violated. In the shorter term autonomy also means a strategic requirement that faculties maintain their present right to regulate the tuition themselves, to stop announced increase of prices, and to join us in the fight for free education against higher government authorities. This is important because state is trying to take these rights away using the excuse that it does not have any power to regulate prices and blaming the university, and all this is just a cover for further commercialization of education and the transformation of education into a privilege.
Students of all universities unite! Knowledge is not a commodity! One world, one struggle!

 

Solidarity statement against state repression (with focus on recent death in Morocco)

The following statement was agreed on among participants of various global chat meetings.

Solidarity Statement Against State Repression
(with Focus on Recent Death in Morocco)

March 26: Students Occupy Space at Bucharest University and Babeș-Bolyai University

~ italiano ~

March 26th:
Students Occupy Space at Bucharest University and Babeș-Bolyai University

In the evening of March 26 students began to occupy the History Faculty of Bucharest University as well as an amphitheatre at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (both in Romania) indefinately. With this action they aim to create an open space for everyone to discuss, reflection and to articulate common interests. Issues like precariousness/poverty, the Bologna Process, university autonomy, as well as economic and social conditions of both students and teachers and others are not discussed inside universities. That's what the occupiers will be addressing and debating freely and without restrictions. Anyone interested is welcome to propose other interesting subjects to be discussed.

It's an act against the increasing commercialisation of education; an act of resistance against universities being factories producing human capital for the labour market, while at the same time students are turned into customers.

The following press release was published by the students involved in the occupation at Babeș-Bolyai University:

Press release

For immediate distribution

26th of March, 2013

Reclaim your University!

Cluj Napoca, Romania. Today, 26th of March, 2013, at 4 pm, one of the amphitheaters of the central headquartes of Babes Bolyai University from Cluj Napoca, has been indefinifelty occupied as a sit-in, by students.

The University is transforming, more and more, into an over guarded institution. The space that should have encourage the free movement of ideas and that should have been a debate forum, became, with every year, a closed space, petrified by practices that no longer reflect the students' true problems and needs. Instead of being a life learning experience, the University makes us dependent of a dysfunctional economic and social system: university education is a merchandise, nicely packed and served to clients (also called „students”) whose only social value, after graduation, is that of potentially employees. But the most severe problem is that the students are not encourage, through a participatory system, to make their voices heard.

Therefore, we consider that the reclaim of an autonomous space inside the University is necessary – a space where our voices can be articulated, in a free debate, open to all students. We are all responsable for the creation of a collective future, in which everyone's aspirations compose an university project, designed to cultivate involved and critical citizens, not just diploma owners.

Because we regard University as a common and not as a socially isolated institution, everyone's involvement is both necessary and welcomed – involvement of students, teachers, university auxiliary staff, high school students, graduates and anyone interested. Being a non-exclusive debate, any form of discrimination is against the very reasons that made this debate necessary.

The University belongs to everyone!

This is a students sit-in. It will not end until we, together, come to a conclusion regarding our real problems and the possible solutions for them. From this moment on, your opinion matters, as long as you are here!

The first plenary will take place TODAY, 26 March 2013, starting with 6.30pm, in the Iorga amphitheater, first floor, main building of the Babes Bolyai University.

sources: sepoate.net (student activists' website) + multiversitate.ro + blog.activewatch.ro + casajurnalistului.ro
facebook:
SE POATE Cluj (Babes Bolyai University) + Baricada Universitară

at Babes Bolyai University:

at Bucharest University:


"We are the university!"

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