★ ISM - UK
Most of you are probably curious what other groups will be doing during the "Reclaim your Education - Global Week of Action" (20/04 - 29/04).
So this thread was created to help give an overview of the planned actions so far.
Also let me refer you to this thread, where you can arrange "live greetings of solidarity" and other communication efforts during the Global Week of Action with groups elesewhere on this planet.
U.S. of A.:
We invite all students and staff of the university to The University
of Dreams Action Week, which is held from Monday 20 April to Friday 24
April. During the week, university people exchange ideas, what a
perfect university would be like. The week offers dozens of different
activities, from sports and yoga to discussion events and workshops on
how to repair a bicycle, for example.
The aim is to construct a new kind of forum for an open discussion and
a free exchange of ideas, uniting all students and teachers.
"Media coverage of the university reform has concentrated to the
defects of the reform. In the University of Dreams Action Week we want
to underline that the question is not about opposing everything, but
about the will of the universitarians to participate in the discussion
on to which direction the universities should be developed", says
Juhana Venäläinen, one of the organisers of the action week.
In the morning, we have the possibility to prepare ourselves for the
challenges of the intellectual work by jogging, yoga or bird spotting
excursions, for example. In "sweatshops" we can learn useful skills on
how to repair a bicycle or how to knit a woollen sock. In "knowledge
workshops" everyone can be the teacher and the pupil, using our common
experiences and knowledge to form new ideas about the university.
The panel discussions deal with the hot topics of the university
system. On Tuesday, we discuss about interlaces between the university
and the cultural life, on Wednesday about the basic income and on
Thursday about the coming University of Eastern Finland (with Rector
Perttu Vartiainen). Evening program is also abundant and serve to
nourish the dreams in a more relaxed atmosphere at clubs and parties.
Cultural events, as for example music and dance, have been mixed with
other events to avoid too serious atmosphere. Most of the activities
take place on the university campus.
The program of the action week is visible on the website
The University of Dreams Action Week has been organised by the
University Action Network, formed in spring 2009 by university
students and staff. In the same time, the "Reclaim Your Education - Global Week of Action" takes place around the world. In Finland, university action weeks are held also in Helsinki and Tampere, among others. More details regarding the week of action in Tampere can be accessed here.
University Action Joensuu
Tel. +358 44 322 4564
Please leave a message below or drop me a line (united.for.education[at]gmail.com), if you want me to add your planned actions for the Global Week of Action to the list.