After the General Assembly, which took place in the end of November, the members of the Spanish chapter of ESF continue their activities focusing on two main points: Firstly, we will concentrate on our awareness activities. Secondly, we are currently studying how to initiate a new project sponsoring non-communitarian students whose course fees will be heavily increased from January 2012 on.
Among our consciousness-raising activities, we still work on our documentary concerning the Saharan students. Moreover, we have started a season of documentaries to worship the journalists who risk their lives to make global conflicts visible. We will screen documentaries about Somalia, Chechnya and Mexico.
In relation to our new project, we would like to present you some facts: The government of the Valencia autonomous community – in order to reduce its debt – has decided to delete the fellowships that non-communitarian students receive for studying in public universities. Instead of paying around 800€ for each course (only 30% more than communitarian students), they would have to pay around 6.000€, a quantity that exceeds considerably their spending power, and will suppose that most of the non-communitarian students would be forced to drop-out their studies. The measure can be considered opportunistic and xenophobic. ESF-Spain is giving support to the Non-Communitarian Students Platform and it participates in different activities such as reporting about the issue and involving people to fight against this measure.