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The privilege of being a student and having a day to celebrate

By Yusarys Benito Deliano / Radio Cadena Agramonte.

With the backpack full of dreams they challenge each morning. They get up, perhaps fatigued after a study night, because sacrifice is the safest way to reach the goal.

They arrive at school with different purposes and the shared desire to live an unrepeatable experience that, according to many people, is the best stage of life because without a doubt, being a student and having a day to celebrate is a blessing.

However, the establishment of the International Student Day is associated with sadness, because in 1939 the city of Prague witnessed the death of students who bravely offered resistance to Hitler´s regime.

The confrontation against the fascist forces since the end of October resulted in the death of the young Jan Opletal, a student at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Carlos. His funeral, on November 15 of that year, became an act of protest, and on the night of the 16th to the 17th the fascists invaded the residences, arrested students and shot nine of them.

On November 17, all Czech schools of Higher Education were closed and more than 1,200 young people were sent to the Sachsenhausen-Oranieburg concentration camp, or what is the same, to a certain death.

Opletal and his companions became a symbol of the world student body and the struggle for peace.

Coincidentally, also in the penultimate month of the year but in 1871, Cuban schoolchildren were shot by the injustice of the Spanish regime that governed the Island, and the new generations of Cubans, especially the future doctors, pay tribute every November 27 to those eight Medicine students.

The celebration of International Student Day has a remarkable importance in Cuba, especially for the linking of facts and the opportunity to reaffirm the commitment to the historical outcome of the country. In addition, it is an opportunity to develop different actions, such as the University Book and Reading Festival (FULL), an initiative that encourages direct exchange with Cuban Culture through letters.

The event is a reason that every morning there are schoolboys who arrive at their school with a backpack full of dreams and goals to fight for. (Photo: Archive /Somos Jóvenes)