In every beginning lies an opportunity for change…this has been the guiding light of more than a hundred student council leaders from major universities and colleges nationwide when they convened to forge greater solidarity and unity in 1996.
The unity produced the ground for an alternative venue where student councils and leaders shared commitment to reinvent the student movement out of its continuous decline.
It is in this context that a new alliance of student councils was born to become an instrument for change not only within the political landscape of higher educational institutions, but also in the vast arena of sectoral and national concerns and contemporary issues besetting our interest and welfare.
Today, the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines [SCAP] is the largest and broadest formation of student councils, political parties, organizations and young leaders in the country with member-schools in more than 60 provinces and 100 cities nationwide.
Prioritization of the education sector as vital element to national and human resource development as reflected on government’s budget allocation and mobilization to the sector.
Continuous training and education program for the development and competencies of teaching staff in their respective fields and at the same time institutionalize transfer of and not formal and mechanical transmission of technology.
An academic sector oriented to actual social realities that harness the necessary skills and values to transform and develop a mode of thinking that shows how to reflect and act, criticize, analyze, explore and organize.
Educational institutions, public and private, that is transparent, accountable and responsive to the needs of the learners.
Policies and programs of the government are co-determined by its entire stakeholder prior to implementation, which leads to genuine partnership.
A State that lives up to its obligation to provide quality, relevant and accessible education and taking all appropriate step to protect and defend our rights and welfare.
Legislative Campaigns for Education Reform
Some of The Alliance’s legislative campaigns for education are the following:
STUDENTS’ RIGHTS AND WELFARE BILL
The Students’ Rights and Welfare Bill is a document which guarantees the political and civil liberties of the Filipino students. Students’ rights violations have happened time and again over the past years, and students have almost always fallen on the losing end.
In 1996, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recommended that the appropriation for education should be at least 6% of a country’s Gross National Product (GNP).
In the Philippines, debt service allocation ranks higher than education. This Six-Will-Fix Bill seeks to provide an automatic appropriation for education which shall be equivalent to 6% of the country’s GNP (the current appropriation is a little more than 2%). This significant percentage of appropriation for education will contribute significantly to promote the right of all citizens to quality education.
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