EFFSC hosts 3rd Force’s YARDSC
The EFF Students Command (EFFSC)hosted the YARD students command (YARDSC)at the EFF offices in Braamfontein, Joburg for a structured two day meeting on unearthing an effective regional students movement advocating chiefly for free quality and decolonised education.
This meeting unfortunately coincided with the shock move by some Zimbabwean Universities to hike tuition fees. The move therefore was key in strengthening the YARDSC in confronting these and other issues.
The meeting started with unearthing of the history and ifeology guiding student struggles in Zimbabwe and in South Africa since 1976. The UZ SRC president, Tinotenda Mhungu articulated the history of student activism and his account was complemented by Howard Madya, the head of delegation who also doubles as the chairman of the board of trustees.
The EFFSC’s Deputy President then unpacked the history of the student struggles of Azania and how the student movement plays a pivotal role in shaping the politics of the broader national politics.
A deep introspection was then made between the two movements as they spoke to the need for a regional socialist student movement. A moment of silence and prayer was observed for student activists still under incarceration.
The meeting adjourned late in the evening.Key issues discussed between these student bodies include :
1. The way forward and establishment of a framework guiding the agreed way forward
2. Putting an end to student victimisation and manning a plan of action on survival ,financial, legal and revolutionary solidarity
3. The free education movement, campaign dimensions for a regional struggle
4. Communications package and effective use of social media to lobby these campaigns forward
5. Addressing of the gender disparity in mobilisation of students, student leadership and active participation of students in the national discourse
6. Mobilisation strategies and conscientisation drive which includes encouragement of student activists to be well read and be rooted in a student driven ideology.
The 3rd Force YARD has its student’s wing which seeks to address issues for students in tertiary institutions by the students. They have been instrumental in forging a way forward for the eradication if attachment (work related learning ) fees as it has been seen that it defies logic that students off campus facilities are paying full fees. Furthermore, they are also working on a free sanitary pad campaign for the girl child. As they have realised that if condoms are being provided for free the same should acrrue to sanitary wear for the girl child who is susceptible to all kinds of abuse as poverty in Zimbabwe has reached an alarming state.
Thus, meeting with the EFFSC only serves as instrumental for this student’s movement borrowing a leaf from them as they had a really successful #FeesMustFall campaign last year.