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Argentina: Students chain themselves demanding a better school

In the province of Rio Negro near the city of General Roca in Argentina, the students of the CEM 106 are asking the government to follow through with their promises of solving the problems their school has. Videos of the open sewage drains in front of the school, of the 3 classrooms for more than 240 students and the septic tank which overflows in the backyard provide visible proof of their needs. In spite of the governments promises back in June to solve this issues, nothing has changed, and this has caused the students to chain themselves outside the regional office for Rural Education.

The description and the streaming captions on the video [es] uploaded by emilioris from CorteDirecto website, tell the same story: students and parents of the 106 High School, located in the rural area of General Roca have chained themselves instants ago to the regional office of the Provincial Educational Council Delegation. We should remember that since June 11th the educational community resolved the buildings occupation under the agreement that the CPE would follow through their promises made in the last years and begin the expansion of their buildings, since currently they only have 3 rooms for 240 students.

Students also walked around the campus shooting this video [es]: You can see the mud on the road, the open sewage, students having classes in the hallways, the tiny kitchen where milk is prepared for the students, bare rooms, and in the back, the area where they take physical education, which every once in a while gets flooded by the full septic tanks.

The following video [es] is of the students decision to occupy the school as a way to show their displeasure with the way the regional administration is ignoring their plight. In one part of the film, the interviewer asks a student if the occupation of the school won't interrupt lessons to which the student answers that they've already lost many classes due to heaters breaking down, to lights not working, to flooding and lack of enough classrooms.

2 comments

  • A mi modo de ver est uno debe arrimar el ascua a su sardina.

    Good for them, more power to them.

  • Pamela

    Chicos:
    Ojala este mensaje les llegue. Ustedes son las personas que van a hacer que la Argentina sea un país mejor. Gracias por no bajar los brazos, y cuenten a ver que pasa.
    For those who are reading this in English, you have no idea how admirable it is what these students are doing. Schools in Argantina used to have two problems: the apathy of the community and the government´s broken promises. Now there´s only one problem left. Good for these students, who are the hope of our country!!!!

    Pamela A. – public schools teacher

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