Date
21 October 2017
Students catch up with their studies in the occupied zone. "We must keep on learning to be able to change society," says one student. Photo: AFP
Students catch up with their studies in the occupied zone. "We must keep on learning to be able to change society," says one student. Photo: AFP

Students dare to struggle and learn on the streets

Parents, government officials and other prominent personalities are calling on the student activists to go back to school.

But the students are not about to dismantle their barricades and heed the call of their elders. They want to prove that fighting for democracy and catching up with their studies can be done both on the streets.

With the Occupy movement now in its second month, study rooms set up in the protest zone in Admiralty are turning into mini classrooms with more than a hundred students poring over their textbooks and lessons during peak hours, Apple Daily reports.

Volunteer teachers also visit the study rooms to offer tutoring services to the student protesters.

The Admiralty school experience is being replicated at the occupation zone in Mong Kok.

A Secondary 3 student said she insists on staying at the protest site three to four days a week despite objections from her parents.

She is able to catch up with her studies with the help of volunteer teachers who visit the protest site regularly. In fact, she said, her grades in mathematics have improved since she joined the Occupy campaign.

A Secondary 6 student, who has been manning a supply station at the Mong Kok protest site for the past two weeks, said joining the protest doesn’t mean she has to give up her studies.

She and many other students like her often hold discussions about their future and the future of Hong Kong.

They agree that they must acquire more knowledge and keep on learning to be able to change society.

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