What can we bring as students?
Students often lie at the nexus of research and activism due to the fact that institutions of higher education can provide both the academic setting for learning as well as a community that facilitates the formation of discussion networks, activist groups, and other societies and clubs. Including students as part of the wider TJN benefits the global movement in several ways:
- Students are frequently looking for new areas to research—TJN focuses on building the field of knowledge in issues connected to tax and the supply side of corruption and would benefit from new researchers.
- After university, many students will work in industries such as banking and finance, the civil service, NGOs, and so on. If they have already had the chance to hear about tax justice issues, this has the potential to affect either their career choice or their impact on their chosen field.
- Student groups often have strong campaign experience and can help to build public awareness of issues such as the need to change global perceptions of corruption.
What about other young people?
The spirit of a civil society network is such that people bring the skills and knowledge they have to stand in solidarity with others. All young people are welcome to learn from and with the network, contribute to its debates and research projects, and discuss with others how to advance its objectives.
Why a network specifically for students and youth?
Student and youth campaigning requires materials designed for university and other youth-specific settings. There is a need for complex research materials, of course, but in addition, the network needs materials that give students and other young people an entry into the subject.
Besides the importance of students working on TJN issues, connecting students internationally builds solidarity and opens channels of communication that often do not exist. When students discuss issues through a network they have built and developed, it creates increased global awareness and exchange. A major priority for the network is to connect students from different regions, across linguistic, cultural, and other barriers, which often cause other social and youth movements to exist in isolation from one another.