March 29 is Blog Action Day for Education

Friday, March 26, 2010

This week was marked by several student actions that successfully prevented moves to make education less accessible. Among the policies that were either delayed or prevented are:

  • an almost-2000% tuition hike in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  • approval of tuition hike proposals in most of the 233 private schools that violated consultation guidelines

However, many issues continue to affect the Filipino youth’s right to a quality and accessible education, such as the continued implementation of forced graduation fees, and the ‘no permit, no exam’ policy, as well as tuition and other fee increases in private universities.

On Monday, March 29, students will again take to the streets to demand an emergency budget allocation for education and the prevention of any and all tuition and other fee increases for the coming school year. We in the KABATAAN Online Team invite you to show your support, both in the streets and online.

That’s why we invite you to take part in our Blog Action Day on Education this Mar.29.

Here’s how you can participate: write a blog entry on the theme “Education is a Right” on Monday (or prepare one before and just post it on that day).

You can write about the present state of our education system, and how well (or unwell) is the youth’s right to a quality and accessible education being implemented. You can write about the conditions in your school, or your personal struggles with regards to finishing your studies.

You can also write about your opinion on the PUP & UP protests, the issues surrounding the events, or even a personal narrative if you were able to participate. You can choose to write about the importance of education and the education system to Filipinos and the Phil. society in general.

After writing your entry, post a link to this page. Also, (especially if you are blogging on a social network like Facebook or Friendster) post the link to your entry at this page’s Comments section. This way, we’ll be able to monitor how many bloggers are participating and we can thank those who did. And don’t forget to insert this blog button into your entry with the following code

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Here are other ways you can participate in the Blog Action Day for Education:

Post this message in your Facebook, Friendster, etc. Status: “Everyone has the right to a quality and accessible education. If you agree, please post this as your Status for the whole day on March 29

Make this picture your profile pic in your various social network accounts for the entire day

Education is a right. Let’s all stand up for our rights on March 29. ###