Students at Risk (StAR) is a programme that gives students, who have been politically persecuted and deprived of their right to study because of their political engagement for promoting democracy and human rights, the opportunity to finish their education abroad.
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“Education is an important value in our society and a key in decreasing social injustice. The freedom of speech and the right to political participation is unfortunately not a given for everyone. This is why the Students at risk programme is so important. It’s our job to make sure young people can get politically involved without sacrificing their education”
“The UNESCO report “Education under Attack” from 2010 revealed that students, academics and learning institutions are often the target of repressive regimes. With the Students at Risk program I believe that SAIH has created a tool for combating the attacks on non-violent student activists. The StAR students themselves give us hope that change towards a more democratic and just society is possible. Education and academic freedom is essential.“
“The right to engage oneself politically and to express oneself critically is unfortunately not guaranteed for all. It is extremely important that students are not scared away from engaging themselves politically, and the Students at Risk-program is an important scheme to ensure this. NUS-Norway hopes that this will become a permanent scheme in Norway and that it spreads to other countries”
“Students all over the world still risk their own future by fighting for their and others’ rights. With the Students at Risk-program it’s possible to secure the safety and freedom of human beings and to support their fight for these rights. The Conservative Student Union in Norway is proud to have managed to push through the Students at Risk-motion in both the European People’s Party and the European Youth Forum, and we now hope this will become a part of the Erasmus+ program.”