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– By donating £5 you’ll be helping us to produce leaflets, posters and resources for student groups across the country – making the arguments against austerity and building actions to fight cuts

– By donating £10 you’ll be helping us to make placards and banners for the upcoming student demonstrations taking place this autumn to resist education cuts and tuition fees

– By donating £20 you’ll be funding our National Convention and regional events which provide vital opportunities for students and campaigners to link up, to coordinate and build a national movement to take on the Tories

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The Student Assembly Against Austerity has a National Committee (of signatory organisations and affiliates) which meets regularly to discuss, plan and coordinate the national campaigns of the Student Assembly Against Austerity and build the People’s Assembly Against Austerity in the student movement.

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Budgeting as a College Student

College costs a great deal of money: that’s no secret. But that does not mean you have to get yourself into substantial amounts of debt. You can also budget and wisely try to get educational, economic aid to be able to get cash for college expenses. Possibly consider hiring an accountant in las vegas or someone to help manage your money.

The expenses of College can quickly add-up, and it can all seem overwhelming. Consider:

– Fees and Tuition
– Books and Stationary
– Board and Room
– Software and computers
– Transportation
– Personal Expenses
– Medical

The above is merely the main things you will have to pay for throughout the years of yours of study. This naturally provides up to lots of money – an amount which may look overwhelming!

You will find two ways to get cash for college costs, and you must utilize them both:

1. Budget wisely
2. Get a scholarship or perhaps grant

You definitely must learn to budget the money of yours. At the same time, you must attempt to obtain a grant or maybe scholarships as this is free money that can quickly be put towards some of the above expenditures. This could reduce how much of your funds you are going to need to contribute.

Budgeting for College Use a pc software like Excel, and on occasion even a pen along with paper to record your earnings and expenses. Work out just how much you can afford to invest and what things you can sacrifice.

Do not forget to include essentials like food, bills, and gas!

Obtaining a Scholarship or perhaps Grant Talk to the preferred college about any specific applications they’ve gone. Additionally, there are exterior grants and scholarships out there and so do not restrict yourself regarding which ones you use for – the greater, the better.

What would the world be like without education?

The process of learning and educating yourself is not something that you can wish away. While learning happens even for animals, it is true the learning is something that is inescapable for human beings. Right from the creation of mankind, the very first day of his life, his search began. With every discovery, he added meaning to his life and his existence on earth. For some reason, he was always at the top of the food chain and the predominant force that operates the ecosystem. Technology, I would say, is the child of the education. If science isn’t possible without formal education and learning, we are here to talk about how the world would be without this education system.

The absence of civilisation:

The world has seen a lot of civilisations. People have framed a system for themselves to live and they live by principles. People who were nothing more than animals started to lead a life that was very much ahead of time. This was possible only when people started framing rules and regulations to lead a civilised life, and it was when culture was born.

Illogical beliefs:

Today it is quite hard to believe that people feared the existence of flights. They thought flights were a symbol of war and dreaded it. Now things have changed a lot. With the help of education, we have killed a lot of unreasonable and superstitious beliefs. This wouldn’t have been possible without the growth of education and development of science.

No History and humanity:

Great men say that we learn and preserve history so that we will not kill ourselves. Without this learning, history and humanity wouldn’t have been possible. The concept of civilisation, culture, history and humanity are all inter-related.

Zero Technology:

It is true that man discovered fire and wheel even before he discovered science. But with the benefit of education, we have a long way off from flint stones and rubber tubes. We have gotten into a world that is much more mechanical than we thought it would be. Without education, the tremendous growth of technology that we have seen in front of our eyes would have been just a mirage without education.

Is a world without education possible?

Yes, it is true that the world would be filled with all the above-listed factors without education. But again there arises a question as to whether a world without education is even possible. Not even in our wildest dreams can we imagine a world without education. However, it isn’t believable, and moreover, man couldn’t have survived without education. With evolution, human life has always changed for good. No one till today can place fingers on a particular date back in history and say that this was when the concept of education was constituted. Certain things that take place in the world are inevitable and so is education. Someday or the other we would have gotten into it. Know More

Formal Education vs. Life Education: Which would you say is better?

People say that experience is the best teacher. The things that you learn from experience are the ones that come along with you for a longer time, and they stay deep-rooted inside you. However, you can ignore the concept of formal education. In case if experience is the only thing that supports human life then there would be no need for schools and other educational institutions. There is always a great debate between formal education and life education. Here we are going to see an excerpt from this global debate. Which side shall we take? Let us move further to know more.

What is formal education?

Formal education is the 16 or 17 years of education that we formally have under a roof with a teacher to facilitate our learning. We are given with books, and our capacity is ranked based on the performance that we show in our exams. Our marks decide our fates and the biggest part of our childhood and youth life are spent in education. Using the theoretical knowledge that we have learnt so far we look for a job opportunity and settle in life.  This is how the formal education protocol works.

What is Life education?

Life education is a bit different from formal education. What you learn out your life experiences form a major part of your life education. We rightly began speaking quoting the proverb that experience is the best. No matter how well you learn something theoretically, you attain complete knowledge only when you encounter it in real life. While formal education can only help you clear your exams, life education will teach you to the cross the hardships of your life with ease.

Life education vs. Formal Education:

In case if I have to put my though across bluntly, I strongly feel that life education and formal education aren’t two different things that you can distinguish and see. I strongly feel that they have to go together. Given an option to choose between life education and formal education, I don’t think one can choose this over that or even if the person is going to do so he or she cannot validate such choice.  While formal education will refine your knowledge and make you are better person, life education will refine your whole self and make you a better human.

On the other hand life, education and formal education aren’t two different things. You need the support of one to make the other fall on the right track. For instance, an educated person’s way of seeing things might be different from an illiterate viewing his life experiences. At the same time, a person with plain theoretical knowledge cannot survive in a world that is dynamic in nature. It is one the wheels of both the education types one can move his life vehicle.

National Day of Action on Budget Day!

This is part of the People’s Assembly Against Austerity’s call for protests and action on budget day. We are demonstrating for a Budget that benefits the majority not the few – against the attacks taking place against the whole of society from the Bedroom Tax to the huge cuts and privatisation on our NHS. Check out the People’s Assembly website for more info.

Government insiders have hinted that George Osborne is set to announce the first auction of the student loan book on Budget Day.

On budget day we are calling for action to:
• Oppose the government’s plans to privatise student loans
• Oppose all cuts to education and public services
• Demand fair pay for university and college staff
• Defend our right to resist – stop the crackdown on protest!

LONDON ACTION: Protest outside Downing Street at 6pm – bring banners!

We are also calling on students across the country to organize actions on their own campus to raise awareness among students and to increase the pressure on MPs and Prospective Parliamentary Candidates to support our campaign.

Check out our activist guide we produced for the national week of action which contains lots of ideas and model resources for use on your camps as well as facts and arguments on why we oppose the privatization of student loans.

Here are a few ideas of what you could do for the day of action:
1. ORGANISE A ‘DEBT IN’ PROTEST

Students across the country – from Cambridge to East Anglia to Manchester – have been organising ‘debt ins’ to raise awareness on campuses about what the government is planning on doing with our student loans and what it’ll mean for students and graduates.

Check out this photo report of the ‘debt in’ organized at UEA for some inspiration.

Here is how you can organize a ‘debt in’ on your campus:

• Organise a planning meeting for students who want to get involved in organising the ‘debt in’. Here you’ll need to discuss when and where to do your debt in – choose somewhere high profile on campus and at a busy time of day to maximize your impact. You’ll also need to discuss publicizing and building support for your ‘debt in’, how and when you plan to make the props needed for your stunt as well as ideas for getting your ‘debt in’ covered in local and campus media.
• Approach your Students’ Union and campus societies and ask them if they want to get involved.
• Set up a Facebook event to help publicise your ‘debt in’, produce leaflets and posters for distribution around campus and send emails out to as many student societies as possible.
• Get some cardboard boxes from a local shop or supermarket and paint them red. Stick signs on them with slogans such as ‘Hands off student loans’ (check out the Student Assembly website – we will soon be uploading some signs to download and print off).
• When the ‘debt in’ starts make sure to keep it lively with chanting (“Student debt is too high, we won’t let you privatize”) and when the right time comes, get some volunteers to lay on the floor and be crushed by the red boxes of debt!
• Take loads of photos and a video if possible and share far on wide on social media using the hashtag #StopTheSellOff

If you need further advice or help please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing info@thestudentassembly.org.uk

2. SOUND THE ALARM!

The majority of students still don’t know that the government plans to sell off our student debt before the next general election and that this will cause our debts to rise.

Raising awareness through the week of action is really important.
Let’s get organising lots of visible and creative stunts, alongside general campaigning on campus Here are a few ideas:
• Banner drops
• Leafleting
• Petitioning
• Photo stunts
• Organise a public meeting – we can provide you with a speaker

3. TARGET YOUR MP!

Find out who your local MP is here and gather signatures on a petition demanding that your MP publicly oppose the privatisation of student loans by signing the Early Day Motion in Parliament.

Here is our downloadable petition that you can print off and start collecting signatures on.

The Student Assembly have also produced a handy lobby tool which you can use to lobby your MP within 2 minutes, check it out here.

4. LAUNCH YOUR OWN STUDENT ASSEMBLY AGAINST AUSTERITY ON CAMPUS

The selling off of student loans is austerity’s hardest blow to students yet. But every section of our communities, campuses and families are being affected, whether by rising unemployment and benefit cuts, the attacks on healthcare and education or the closure of local services.

Student assemblies are about creating a united front for debate and planning resistance to the government’s austerity agenda. On campus, academic and non-academic staff alike are exploited by the same university management that it cracking down on our right to resist. To mount an effective challenge to these politics we need to organise and sustain a united campaign that opposes cuts, privatisation and exploitation without exception.

WHY STUDENTS WILL BE PROTESTING OUTSIDE TORY PARTY CONFERENCE THIS OCTOBER

A coalition of NUS Officers, Students’ Union Officers and student anti-cuts activists on why we will be protesting outside Tory Party Conference this October. Add your name to this statement by filling in your details at the end of this article.

The brutal attacks unleashed on students, young people and education in the Summer Budget mean that we have only one option: to confront the Tories. We will start by mobilizing tens of thousands of students to join the TUC protest outside Tory Party Conference.

The Tories’ summer budget contains a triple attack on students: the scrapping of maintenance grants, the lifting of the cap on tuition fees and the freezing of the student loan repayment threshold at £21,000 for the next 5 years. Attacks on international students are also intensifying from limiting access to the NHS to forcing students to leave after finishing their degrees.

The Tories have no democratic mandate for these attacks, which will burden the poorest students with £10,000 more debt, shut millions of people out of education, worsen the cost of living crisis and is another step towards a fully marketised education system. Only 1 in 4 people voted Conservatives at the General Election.

These attacks are totally unnecessary. If the government increased tax on the rich, scrapped Trident or reduced military spending, billions of pounds would be made available to fund education and other vital public services. There is an alternative – Investment in education promotes social justice, is good for the economy and creates job.

That’s why we will be joining the Student Assembly Against Austerity in protesting outside Tory Party Conference on Sunday 4 October, marking the start of a week of protests with peaceful direct action, rallies and meetings in Manchester, to kick off an autumn of resistance.

The Government should take note – we are going to build a massive, vibrant student movement that will fight them every step of the way.

Shakira Martin, NUS Vice President Further Education

Shelly Asquith, NUS Vice President Welfare

Mostafa Rajaai, NUS International Students’ Officer

Aaron Kiely, People’s Assembly Against Austerity

Malia Bouattia, NUS Black Students’ Officer

Fran Cowling, NUS LGBT Officer

Piers Telemacque, NUS Vice President Society & Citizenship

Maddy Kirkman, NUS Disabled Students’ Officer

Gary Paterson, NUS Scotland Vice President Communities

Sahaya James, NUS National Executive & South West Young Greens Co-Convenor

Miriam Kane, President of Lewisham Southwark College Students’ Union

Minesh Parekh, Education Officer of Sheffield University Students’ Union

Alex Etches, Campaigns and Activities Officer of Goldsmiths Students’ Union

Bahar Mustafa, Welfare and Diversity Officer of Goldsmiths Students’ Union

Ashley van Huis-Carter, President of Midkent College Students’ Union

Daniel Nikolla, President (HE) of City and Islington College Students’ Union

Jon Warner, Education Officer of Birkbeck College Students’ Union and Student Broad Left National Steering Committee

Aaron Parr, Queen Mary University of London Student Assembly Against Austerity

Dave Cocozza, Spokesperson for Higher and Further Education of the Green Party

Danielle Louise Riseley, Manchester Metropolitan University Student Assembly Against Austerity

Ellie Kate Kinney, Chair of Goldsmiths College Student CND

Pekka Piirainen, UCL Fossil Free

Paul Haw, Bournemouth University Student Assembly Against Austerity

Shazab Islam, Wolverhampton University Student Assembly Against Austerity

Shadia Edwards-Dashti, SOAS Student Assembly Against Austerity

Hannah Graham, Teesside for Free Education Campaign

Amy Liddle, Bristol University Student Assembly Against Austerity

Ali Sendall, Liverpool Hope University Student Assembly Against Austerity

Jonathan Maunders, Oxford Brookes Student Assembly Against Austerity

Joe Haslam, Lancaster and Morecambe College Free Education Campaign

Fiona Edwards, Student Broad Left Secretary and Student Assembly Against Austerity National Committee

Barbara Ntumy, London Met University Student Assembly Against Austerity

Hayden Cooper, Guild Councillor of Exeter University SU

James Honke, Birmingham University Student Assembly Against Austerity

Saleem Aslam, University of Liverpool Student Assembly Against Austerity

Becky Cutts, Liverpool John Moores University Student Assembly Against Austerity

Ben Hayes, Goldsmiths Student Assembly Against Austerity

Connie Judkins-Law, University of Kent Canterbury Student Assembly Against Austerity

Set Up a local group

If you are interested in setting up a Student Assembly group on your campus get in touch today by emailing info@thestudentassembly.org.uk and we will offer you help in getting one off the ground.