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“It has to start somewhere. It has to start sometime. What better place than here. What better time than now.”
-Rage Against the Machine
It had been rather continuous and it only grew stronger. It began with the incessant decrease of the state’s budget for education. However, as the years went by, oppression of the people’s right to education ascended with greater momentum. Along with budget cuts, came tuition and other fee hikes and the brewing privatization of several SUCs in the country.
By tradition, the University produces youth geared with eminent service to the country. Thus, by tradition, the gates of the UP Fair reopens itself, not only to the students of the institution but to the youth in general, to encourage them towards unity in this struggle to claim our right to education.
From the 15th to the 19th of February 2011, every 6:00 pm, “Education in DesFair” will once again convene youth from different corners of the region to inspire camaraderie in asserting equal access to education, reaffirming our historical role in people’s struggles and firing up the fight for greater state subsidy.
This upcoming UP Fair is not the final act, nor is it the main event; “Education in DesFAIR” is the inertia of our continued struggle toward the upcoming years. We are ending 2010 by beginning 2011; we are but rising to fight for the basic rights of every Filipino.
True, it had been rather continuous how education becomes more and more of a commodity, and to date, the suppression of such a basic right grows stronger. There is no better time to strengthen leagues and join forces than now. The youth ought to fight against this rising force of oppression. We will not let it silence us; we are to rise with it with unity stronger than ever before.
Add, follow and visit us on the following pages and sites for the official commencement of the UP FAIR countdown:
We will be providing you updates and literary works with regard to “Education in DesFair”. Lastly, we will be more than happy post your works on these sites so just email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UP Fair for 2011: Education in desFair will run from February 15 to 19, 2011. That will be five nights filled with fun and music!
The University Student Council will handle three of these exciting nights:
Feb. 15 – FAIR & SQUARE: Assert equal access to education!
Feb. 16 – FAIRst QUARTER STORM: Reaffirming the youth’s historical role in people’s struggles!
Feb. 19 – inFAIRno to budget cut: fire up the fight to greater state subsidy!
UP Fair in the nights of Feb. 17 and 18 will be handled by two other student formations.