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Student Political Activism

| November 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Throughout history, students have been responsible for many great changes in society, not just for the young but for all generations.

In the sixties, students led the way in fighting against the war inVietnamand campaigned for nuclear disarmament. Ever since, for almost every major social disruption the world has seen, student political activists have led marches, rallied volunteers and staged all types of protests.

Student activism happens on two major levels.

Local activism

Local activism happens at city or university level for localised issues. In 2010, University College London (UCL) led a motion and protest for cleaners and other staff members to be paid the London Minimum Wage, as opposed to the National Minimum Wage. Their campaign was successful and in September 2010, UCL paid their cleaners appropriately.

If you want to get involved, check with the events and causes promoted by your local students union and find out how you can help out.


National activism

While local activists will be campaigning on a weekly basis around university campuses, it is the national campaigns that the whole public notices.

In the autumn and winter of 2010, student bodies from across various institutions came together to march against the proposed tuition fees increases, in central London. This was one of the largest student-based protests in recent years with up to an estimated, 50,000 students turning up on the day.

While the tuition fees protests were some of the largest instances of student-based activism, student activists are known to participate in general campaigns, such as the ‘March Against the War,’ as well.


Should I become an activist?

For many, being an activist shows your dedication to and passion for a cause. While it is debatable what, if any, impact the tuition fees protest had, when you consider the history behind activism and moral causes being won on local levels, it can be a very rewarding thing to be a part of.

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