- update on accomodation opportunities
- “Dos & Don’ts” at the TSC
- perspectives after the TSC
- deadline for registrations
- letter of support from the university administration
Last week we booked a few rooms at a pension near by the social sciences faculty of the university. Most rooms include 4 beds and in total up to 19 people can be accomodated at the pension.
In addition we published this call going out to student flat-sharing communities in Marburg a few weeks ago. Around 10 of them already got back to us confirming that they are willing to host TSC participants during the week. The new semester will begin next week, so many students are only returning to Marburg now. In the coming days we will keep spreading the call and are confident to get the support of enough flat-sharing communities.
The TSC Orga-Collective agreed on the following “Dos & Don’ts” during the Transnational Student Congress:
- Ask for help and help others.
- Speak out and express your views.
- Initiate a workshop or other activities.
- Behave respectfully towards other participants.
- Reflect on your own (speaking) behaviour and how it impacts the discussion atmosphere.
- Make sure to announce your contribution to the program at the info-point as soon as possible.
- This is also your congress, which also comes with responsibilities. So be an active part and help to shape it.
- Hesitate to ask for translations.
- Promote fascist or racist views, religious extremism or other forms of discrimination.
- Get caught doing illegal stuff.
The list is also available online here.
With this text we, the TSC orga-collective, attempt to initiate a discussion and process on what we, as participants, could work towards during the TSC as a broader goal. The purpose of this is to ensure that we also come up with something during the TSC, that we can build on in the future.
Check out the complete text here!
Get involved – shape the TSC!
All participants are invited to give their own input in this regard and share their views and ideas. For this purpose this pad was set up.
Simply open the link and start typing in the window. Any changes are automatically saved. Click here for more details on etherpads.
We are happy to announce that student activists among others from Pretoria (South Africa), Bucharest (Romania), Raleigh (USA), Kathmandu (Nepal) as well as Gambia already confirmed their participation in the TSC!
Make sure to confirm your participation as soon as possible!
All are asked to register before October 15th!!
This is important, so that we can coordinate accomodation opportunities for all participants.
We know that some of you still have appointments at embassies/ consulates to apply for a visa.
To support that process we now finally also have a letter of support from the Marburg university administration in german and english.
In case of any questions or suggestions in connection with the TSC feel free to make use of the contact page.
In addition to Newsletter #1 we herewith publish Newsletter #2 🙂
- call going out to flat-sharing communities in Marburg
- deadline(s) for registrations
- invitation letters sent
- financial situation
We already received a lot of feedback and many registrations for the TSC – mostly from students in different parts of Africa – which is great. But at the same time we have the impression that some people who registered might have a wrong picture of the congress. Therefore we decided to publish a self-conception of us, the TSC Orga-Collective, in addition to the already existing introduction and ask everyone interested to participate in the TSC to read it!
The issue of climate change will not be a particular focus at the TSC.
In case of urgent matters you can now also reach us by phone. We set up the following two mobile phone numbers, which will serve as the infophone for the TSC: +49 176 8824 8703 / +49 176 8821 9137
Feel free to also make use of the option to send an SMS.
As always you can also contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Since we can’t afford to book rooms at hostels or even hotels, we depend on the solidarity of flat-sharing communities in Marburg to host participants of the TSC. Therefore we published this call in German and English!
At the same time we are also still trying to book a sports hall near by the university, which could then be used as a sleeping place as well.
We ask everyone in need of an invitation letter (or financial support) to register through the website by August 15th!
We appreciate, if everyone else also registers as soon as possible, that will help us here in Marburg to set up the necessary infrastructure.
Final deadline is October 14th!
We sent out the first set of invitation letters at the end of July.
Another bunch will be send out during this week.
We want to emphasize that the TSC is not being organized by any NGOs, governmental organizations or private companies. Therefore our financial means are very limited. So far two general students’ committees confirmed to support the TSC financially – the one at the University of Duisburg-Essen and the one at the University of Marburg.
We approached many more across Germany and will also reach out to some labour unions. By the middle of August we expect to get a first overview of our financial capabilities.
For many their participation depends on financial support to be able to pay for travel expenses. Therefore we also ask structures elsewhere (e.g. national student unions) to consider supporting the TSC with a donation.
At the same time we encourage everyone to also search for opportunities to gather funds in their region to cover travel expenses. For example in Cairo students are arranging a solidarity concert to generate funds.