2018 VicSRC Best Of: The year of student voice
#7 Student voice is sweeping the globe
Phew! We had no idea at the start of 2018 just how much student voice we’d see around the world this year. Here’s a quick rundown on some of what happened.
Parkland teens stood up for gun control legislation in the United States after a school shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. They organised marches around the world and actively campaigned for change. They have now formed Never Again MSD to fight for change.
Bangladeshi students brought the capital to a halt after a speeding bus killed two students in July. Though the protests were met with a government crackdown the students occupied roads and checkpoints, refusing any but emergency vehicles free passage.
Australian students, inspired by Swedish student Greta Thunberg, launched a month-long series of protests imploring the federal Government to take action against climate change. Despite condescending responses from some politicians the students have persisted in raising their voices, staging mass walkouts on Friday 30th of November to occupy their state parliament buildings and push for change.
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