THE STUDENT VOICE
The monthly newsletter of
the European Students' Union


November 2013
 
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 Issue 11         

    

Dear readers! 
On 17 November we celebrate the International Students' Day. The European Students' Union urges all students to use this opportunity to claim their rights, voice out their demands and discuss their concerns. The past year has been difficult for many students as some countries have introduced controversial changes to student support or even abolished it. Countries budgets for education have also been slashed, resulting in closures of universities and financial uncertainty.
Rok Primozic on the International Students' Day 2013
Rok Primozic on the International Students' Day 2013
 
This special edition of the Student Voice is dedicated to this occasion and the state of current affairs in students' life. As the umbrella organisation of 47 national unions of students in Europe, we want to hear what you have to say! Share your ideas with us on Twitter and Facebook and tell us what values you will be fighting for on the International Students' Day! We will continue to fight for you!    

Call_for_actionCALL FOR ACTION ON THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS' DAY
The International Students' Day has a long history of students protests and uprisings for a better education, equal rights and democracy. This year we also want to stand up on this day and not only remember the history but also claim our voices and raise awareness on issues students face today, not only in Europe but all around the world! Go to full article.

November1717TH OF NOVEMBER - A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
November 17th known as the International Day of Students is a day of remembrance and gratitude for the acts of those students who came before us, many of whom dedicated their lives for the liberties and rights that us students enjoy today - and sometimes take for granted. Go to full article.

EventsHOW ARE STUDENTS IN EUROPE CELEBRATING THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS' DAY?
There are various creative ways in which you can celebrate this day. Follow and join the actions of ESU's member students' unions around Europe! Go to full article.

StudentrightscharterTHE STUDENTS' RIGHTS CHARTER TO REACH THE RESPECT OF STUDENTS' RIGHTS FOR ALL
Students all around Europe and the world fight every day for a better higher education system demanding in particular free and quality education for all. But students don't only fight for academic matters; they are building a country's future. Therefore, students act as citizens and fight for their global interests as citizens. Indeed, students are key actors in the advancement of democratic societies where every citizen can exercise their rights and truly participate and influence the decisions of governments. Go to full article.
See the Students' Rights Charter here.

InterviewsFOUR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES TELL US ABOUT THEIR OPINIONS ON CURRENT CONCERNS FOR STUDENT RELATED ISSUES
The European Students Union on the International Day of Students 2013 decided to focus on current threats students are facing. In fact, in recent weeks, several of ESU's member unions have faced difficult situations in a climate of crisis and austerity carried out by most governments. Today, Luiza Abrahamyan from ANSA (member union from Armenia), Yana Vanglelova from NASC (member union from Bulgaria), Mikko Valtonen from SAMOK (member union from Finland) and Ines Sanchez from CREUP (member union from Spain) have accepted to tell us about the fights they are carrying out at the moment, related to ESU's actions on the International Day of Students. Go to full article.

Problemsandsolutions17 PROBLEMS AND 17 SOLUTIONS FOR STUDENTS NOW!
The Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU) and the European Students' Union (ESU) have identified 17 problems that students currently face and solutions to those issues. Go to full article.

ArmeniaESU ADVOCATES FOR STUDENTS AS FULL PARTNERS IN GOVERNANCE AT A MINISTERIAL MEETING 
The European Students' Union demands that students are not viewed as passive consumers and advocates that students must have a word on every aspect of governance. This argument was repeatedly defended at the last regional meeting of ministers of education that took place in Armenia on 17 and 18 October, co-organised by the Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia, the Council of Europe and ESU, under the aegis of the Armenian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Go to full article.

BulgariaESU SUPPORTS THE RIGHTS OF BULGARIAN STUDENTS TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES 
Bulgarian students joined a massive civil demonstration on 23 October and are now the main voice and actors fighting against corruption in the country. The protests originated in mid-June after Oresharski's government controversially appointed Delyan Peevski as head of the State Agency for National Security. Since then, the protests have spread all across the country. Go to full article. 

  

LGBTQESU DENOUNCES ESCALATING VIOLENCE AGAINST THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY 
The European Students' Union (ESU) is extremely concerned with recent adoptions of legislations legitimising violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer groups of people (LGBTQ). This situation affects students in particular as they have to face huge obstacles in their academic and social life. Go to full article. 

OBESSUWHY STUDENTS DON'T GET TIRED OF STANDING UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS 
Written by OBESSU, associate member of ESU 
As learners, we often face situations where we are denied our rights. School students can specifically name numerous situations where they are confronted with hierarchical structures, unstimulating learning environments and an education that lacks accessibility and leaves no room for the student voice. Go to full article

  

IGLYOEDUCATION: A UNIVERSAL RIGHT?
Written by IGLYO, associate member of ESU 
Nations across the globe have agreed, in writing at least, that education is a human right for all. The UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as the European Convention on Human Rights are all examples of international documents that uphold the principles of equal opportunities and non-discrimination in the field of education. Go to full article.

ChangethewayCHANGE THE WAY: MORE SOCIETAL RESPONSIBILITY IN EDUCATION 
The national student unions FEF, fzs, UNEF, VSS-UNES-USU, UdU, ÷H and UNEL released a joint statement in relation to the International Students' Day 2013. You can download the statement here.

 

investineducationEDUCATION IS WORTH ANY COST!
A group of European citizens has started a European Citizens' Initiative that is proposing that countries' education budgets that are lower from the five-year Eurozone average are to be excluded from the country's public spending deficit. Go to full article. 
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This month
Videos from national unions of students for the International Students' Day
A video from DSF with English subtitles
Watch the video that DSF prepared urging students to vote at the upcoming local elections, emphasising the importance to participate in the local democracy in order to ensure better student cities around Denmark

Greetings from Macedonia to students around the world!
This is a video from the National Students Union of Macedonia (NSUM), explaining its function and student life in Macedonia in general, made especially for the International Students' Day.

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