Chilean students march on a rainy day - Submitted by Panzedrako
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I’m really excited to share today’s sounds and announce the final giveaway winner!
Panzerdrako submitted a recording from Santiago, Chile of the student protests that are going on there which he captured on his old Sony Walkman. If you haven’t been reading about the marches/protests in Chile, what’s basically going on are a series of student-led protests which began in June, with the end goal of these being education reform. According to Wikipedia, the Confederation of Chilean Student Federations (CONFECH) are demanding,
- Increased state support for public universities, which currently finance their activities mostly through tuition
- More equitable admissions process to prestigious universities, with less emphasis on standardized testing
- New system of scholarships to provide free education (not loans) to poor and working-class students; reduction of interest rates from their current 5.8%
- Creation of a government agency to apply the law against profit in higher education and prosecute those universities that are allegedly using loopholes to profit. The students oppose direct (fellowship and voucher) and indirect government aid (government-backed loans) to for-profit schools.
- A more serious accreditation process to improve quality and end indirect state support for poor quality institutions
- Creation of an “intercultural university” that meets the unique demands of Mapuche students
- Repeal of laws forbidding student participation in university governance
Right on! I think it’s really inspiring what these students are doing and I hope they attain the reforms they are looking for. The front of the University of Chile, which is occupied by the students, reads “The fight is for the whole society. Everybody for free education”.
Check out the Wikipedia article HERE, and a great article via the BBC HERE.
Thanks so much for sharing your sounds with me Panzer! And congrats on your prize - I’ll have it in the mail in the next couple of days! I hope to hear more of your sounds soon :)
You can find our winner on Twitter @panzerdrako, and on Tumblr HERE.