First steps towards a campaigning student movement
22 May 2008
On Saturday 17 May members of the P&P Network attended the Reclaim the Campus conference organised by the Education Not for Sale Network and others.
The day proved an interesting one, with workshops on:
“Education in a neo-liberal world”: how do we fight marketisation?
Workers and students organising together in struggle
After the Governance Review, can we transform NUS? How do we organise to win against fees in the run up to 2009?
The student movement, the workers’ movement and climate change facilitated by Workers’ Climate Action.
There was also a good open discussion about whether the name Education Not for Sale should be kept or replaced with Reclaim the Campus or a different new name. A new statement on where the network stands was also discussed, as was a new approach to NUS and a new constitution passed.
It was decided by a majority of students that although there are limitations with the name Education Not for Sale, the fact that it is a well-known name and that we will be facing the review of the cap on fees next year means that the name should be kept.
The following statement was also passed on where Education Not for Sale stands:
“Education Not for Sale is a network of anti-capitalist students founded in September 2005. We exist to fight the rule of profit in our education system and in society as a whole, seeking to organize students alongside workers in struggle to replace capitalism with a society based on collective ownership, social provision for need, ecological sustainability and consistent democracy. We organize in the National Union of Students, in student unions, on campuses and in a variety of campaigns and movements.”
To get involved email Education not For Sale