President Rodrigo R. Duterte has declared November 17 of every year as National Students’ Day (Republic Act 11369) to recognize the contribution of student activism to Philippine democracy.
Under the law, “the state recognizes the value of inculcating love of country and social responsibility among the youth and supports the observance of International Students’ Day.”
International Students’ Day was spearheaded by the International Students’ Council in 1941 to commemorate the execution of nine Czechoslovakian students who fought against the Nazi occupation.
An annual program of activities for the observance of “National Students’ Day” shall be prepared and implemented with the National Youth Commission (NYC) serving as the lead agency.
The Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education shall support the NYC in all efforts to facilitate and promote related activities to all public and private schools.
It also encourages schools, colleges, and universities to extend their full support for exercises and activities launched by the students during the observance of National Students’ Day. (PNA)
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