International Student’s Day – November 17
International Student’s Day is being observed all around the world on November 17. It aims to ensure that every student has access to education around the globe. The day is marked to commemorate the tragic incident of Nazi storming into Czech universities. It is a symbol of the battle of students all around the world. The day has grown into an observance of students all over, encouraging activism and honoring their multicultural diversity.
In today’s world, exposure to new people and cultures is a key element to becoming a well-rounded individual. Students are the future generations whose information denotes the country’s development. This is a global celebration Day for the student community that praises multiculturalism, mutual help, and diversity among students internationally.
Students all over the world continue their commitments to fight for human rights, adequate education, healthier communities, and a brighter future. The objective of the day is to pay special focus to ensure education is available for all students. It reminds society to expedite efforts for protecting the rights of all students and about student activism.
History of International Student’s Day
International Student’s Day commemorates two important events in modern history. In 1939 there was a riot by university students which was suppressed by the Nazi security forces. The Nazi troops had even closed all the Czech colleges and universities. The courage displayed by the students during this incident was unforgettable. In connection with it, a commemorative gathering of students was planned in 1989. But it turned into an anti-regime demonstration and the overthrow of the communist regime in former Czechoslovakia.
On 17 November 1939, the Germans targeted Czech students in response to anti-Nazi demonstrations which were held in Prague. The turbulent events not only inspired the creation of International Students’ Day but are also inextricably linked to the beginning of the Velvet Revolution 50 years later.
To commemorate their legacy, since 1941, students from all parts of the world started celebrating November 17 as International Students Day. Over the years, it has grown into an observance of students all over, encouraging activism and honoring their multicultural diversity.
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International Student’s Day Celebration
The celebration for International Student’s Day varies from country to country but the theme remains the same. In most countries universities organize seminars and conferences, bringing students of various cultural backgrounds and countries to come together and celebrating versatility. Having unity amidst them is very important and they should respect their diversity. International Students’ Day is all about the same, encouraging student activism.
On this special day, it is the pleasure to celebrate the success of our international students who are determined to achieve their goals despite external challenges. It requires courage and resilience to step out of your comfort zone and continue to adapt under often challenging circumstances. On this day, students commemorate their legacy and remind themselves not to be passive, to raise their voices, and to make positive changes. Students all over the world continue their commitments to fight for human rights, adequate education, healthier communities, and a brighter future.
International Education Week
International Education Week (IEW), traditionally held on the third week of November, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide in the US. International Education Week (IEW) 2022 is from November 14-18. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.
Happy International Students Day to all the wonderful students out there who work hard day and night for the promise of a bright future. You are amazing!
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