Charles Kendall Adams clearly articulated the importance of students voices in the quote penned; “No student ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him: it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.”
In today’s society this statement has a resounding effect on the behavioural patterns of our generation of students on society, governments and institutions.
Our students’ contributions, their talents, skills and energies are too often underappreciated in their quest to contribute to society.
There continues to be very little involvement in policy and legislative structure and contributions within the highest decision making bodies of our society. And the few opportunities that exist, still limit contribution which will be valued.
It is with this consciousness The National Youth Council (NYC), continues to advocate for youth activism as we continue to see more students excel in all aspects of human development.
Students continue to demonstrate that they are the serve as a catalyst for rapid development of our society.
Our student population boasts brilliant young entrepreneurs who truly independently contribute to the economic.
Student professionals also mark their academic contributions to building our country’s path to academic excellence. Students continue to seek to pursue skilled professions and envision themselves soaring to world class careers.
The 17th of November is the International Students’ Day, an international observance of student activism.
The date commemorates the anniversary of the 1939 Nazi storming of the University of Prague after demonstrations against the killing of Jan Opletal and the occupation of Czechoslovakia, and the execution of nine student leaders, over 1200 students sent to concentration camps, and the closing of all Czech universities and colleges
The National Youth Council observes this day to encourage our students and youth at all levels of society to make a deliberate effort to be a part of the youth movement in St. Lucia.
President of NYC Louise Victor in commenting on today’s observation urged young people ‘let us challenge ourselves to be leaders of change and make a valuable contribution to our fair Helen.
We encourage you to inspire not just students, but other young people around you to participate in positive movements and genuinely contribute to being part of the change they want to see.”
With the dawn of our new Student Council’s executive, the NYC implores our student leaders to aggressively accept this challenge and become more vocal and understand the power the possess to bring about change in their country.
Abdul Kalam encapsulates the importance of student involvement and advocacy when he quoted “One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Let the students ask questions.” Happy Students’ Day.