On November 19th thousands of people marched on the UK parliament in the biggest student action in four years demanding an end to tuition fees, student debt and government cuts to education funding. The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) confirmed that the rally was also linked to the WE ARE STUDENTS NOT CUSTOMERS – Global Week of Action.
As part of the WE ARE STUDENTS NOT CUSTOMERS – Global Week of Action people rallied in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, on November 19th.
Two coalitions called for the protest: Sigaw ng Kabataan Coalition (Youths’ Voice Coalition) and Freedom from Debt Coalition.
Below you will find a joint statement from the organizers as well as more pictures of the demo.
An “education strike” alliance in Hannover (Germany) organized various activities which were also arranged in the context of the global week of action.
Around 1,000 people rallied in Yangon, the biggest city of Myanmar, on November 17th. Main focus of the protest was a recently passed education law. For the past few months students and teachers have been protesting for a guarantee of student and teacher unions independent of state influence as well as for more academic freedom. Also the increasing commercialization of education is a significant focal point of the protests.
Many of the inspiring signs carried during the demo indiate that this was also part of the WE ARE STUDENTS NOT CUSTOMERS – Global Week of Action.
This will be the first chat meeting after the We are Students NOT Customers – Global Week of Action (Nov.17-22) and it will be used to gather reports from around the world and reflect on how the coordinations for the week of action went on the global level. Furthermore participants could reflect on the challenges they faced on the local level. Last but not least focal points of chat meetings in the coming weeks and months can be discussed. Continue reading Reflecting on the Global Week of Action (Chat Meeting)
This will be the final chat meeting before the beginning of the We are Students NOT Customers – Global Week of Action (Nov.17-22). The chat will begin with the opportunity to clarify any questions related to the week of action or the ISM platform in general. After that everyone will be asked to share further updates and feedback related to activities being planned on the local and regional level in connection with the week of action. Furthermore the focus will be on sharing suggestions for posters, memes, banners, etc..
The week of action could look like the Global Education Strike in 2012. Continue reading Final Chat Meeting: sharing updates & last coordinations
We are Students not Customers
Global Week of Action
Nov. 17th – 22nd 2014
We are calling for a Global Week of Action to reclaim education. The International Student Movement (ISM) is a platform consisting of many individuals and groups from different parts of the world. A group of students associated with the ISM came together during a series of chat meetings and decided to call for a coordinated action worldwide. We will UNITE in solidarity, because no matter where we live, we face the same struggle against profit-driven interests and their hold on education. Budget cuts, outsourcing, school closures, climbing costs of living and tuition fees among other phenomena, are all linked to an increasing commercialization and privatization of education. Uniting globally is our answer to these obstacles – fighting for emancipatory education for all. Continue reading Call to Action
What is the ISM?
The International Student Movement (ISM) is an open platform for cooperation, coordination, communication, and collaboration between different individuals and groups involved with the struggle against the increasing commercialization of education as well as for free emancipatory education. Continue reading What is the International Student Movement?
ISM (global) Admin Collective
To ensure the administration of the International Student Movement (ISM) based on direct democracy in the future everyone on the global ISM mailing list was invited to help to initiate an admin collective for the ISM on the global level. Continue reading ISM Admin Collective