Solons seek to declare November 17 national students’ day

LAWMAKERS seek to declare the 17th of November of every year as the
National Student Leaders’ Day, which will coincide with the
celebration of the “International Students’ Day”.

Deputy Speaker Lorenzo Tañada III (4th District, Quezon) filed House
Bill 3677, which intends to institutionalize a regular celebration of
the leadership of the Filipino students in schools and communities.

“The celebration shall encourage students of today to become leaders
in their various fields of endeavor while balancing their initiatives
with academic excellence,” Tañada said.

Tañada said the Constitution recognizes the vital role of the youth
in nation-building and shall promote and protect their physical,
moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being.

The International Students’ Day was first marked in 1941 in London by
the International Students’ Council to commemorate the execution of
nine Czechoslovakian students who fought against the Nazi occupation,
according to Tañada.

“Every year on November 17, students and schools all over the world
celebrate the International Students’ Day to commemorate student
activism and its contribution to democracy and the world’s societies,”
Rep. Teddy Casiño (Party-list, Bayan Muna) said.

Casiño and Rep. Raymond Palatino (Party-list, Kabataan) filed House
Bill 3329 encouraging all schools, colleges and universities to
celebrate every year International Students’ Day in the Philippines as
a testament to the commitment of students worldwide to fight against
discrimination, oppression, intolerance, and the right to education.

The student organizations advanced student activism and national
democratic thought throughout the country and the massive
demonstrations during the first quarter of 1970, a political
convulsion that has since been dubbed as the First Quarter Storm
(FQS), which was pivotal in the snowballing effect of public unrest
against the dictatorship.

Among the student organizations which were involved in school reforms
and the fight against the Marcos dictatorship were the Students’
Cultural Association of the University of the Philippines (SCAUP) in
1959 and the Kabataang Makabayan (KM or Patriotic Youth) in 1964.

“The student movement is still alive and demonstrating its unfailing
commitment to fight against all forms of discrimination, oppression
and injustice,” Palatino said.

“Education for all is a call continuously made by groups such as the
National Union of Students in the Philippines (NUSP), the League of
Filipino Students (LFS), the College Editors Guild of the Philippines
(CEGP) and the Student Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP),”
Palatino said.

“The time has come to formally recognize the celebration of
International Students’ Day as part of its commitment to legislate
laws for the youth’s social, intellectual, and moral development,”
Palatino said

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