The university movement united once again with the intention of seeking a democratic way out of Maduro’s dictatorship, thus creating the Confederación de Estudiantes de Venezuela (Confev), a structure that goups 37 universities in 16 states of the country.
CONFEV, through a document addressed to President (E) Juan Guaidó and the National Assembly, demanded the designation of an Education Commissioner from the Government Center to address the national education crisis, the creation of a fund for University Education that would allow interventions in the different areas with problems resulting from the budgetary suffocation to mitigate the university crisis even if in a limited way and the unitary commitment to achieve the usurpation’s end.
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Through the following document it is proposed to the President (E) of Venezuela, Eng. Juan Gerardo Guaido and to the directive of the National Assembly of Venezuela, the following agreements.
That our country suffers one of the greatest crises ever suffered in its republican history and that much of the responsibility falls on those who for the past 20 years have autocratically governed this country.
That those who have autocratically governed this country in the last 20 years, today usurp the national executive power, disrupting the proper constitutional thread of our nation.
That those who have autocratically governed this country in the last 20 years have designed public policies in the area of education that seek to distort the ends and proper development of Venezuelan universities.
That those who have autocratically governed this country in the last 20 years have not modified the aims of their public policies in the area of education, despite the fact that on repeated occasions they have been asked, through letters, meetings and other political means, to rectify their intentions and truly contribute to the strengthening of the Venezuelan university.
That they have left us university students with no other path than to undertake the necessary political struggle to replace those who are in places of power with true public servants who are willing to listen to the suggestions, claims and demands of the citizens.
That we Venezuelan students and youth in general have been the main social group that has emigrated as a result of the lack of opportunities and the generalized crisis that our country is experiencing.
That we Venezuelan students and young people in general have been the main social group affected by social degeneration and the high levels of crime and violence resulting from it in our country.
That it was the Venezuelan students and young people in general who responded to the call made in the year two thousand fourteen (2014) to seek a constitutional and peaceful solution to the autocratic regime; participating with resistance, determination and will, but it is we who principally suffer repression, imprisonment and death.
That it was the Venezuelan students and young people in general who in the year two thousand seventeen (2017) went out to defend the legitimately constituted National Assembly when the Supreme Court tried to deprive it of its legitimate constitutional functions; participating with resistance, determination and will, but we were the ones who mainly suffered repression, imprisonment and death.
That according to all opinion polls we the students, along with the Venezuelan academy and the Venezuelan church, continue to be the institutions or social groups that enjoy the greatest recognition, respect and trustworthiness on the part of Venezuelan citizens.
That the Venezuelan Student Movement, today represented by CONFEV, has participated decisively in the political and institutional changes that our country has suffered throughout its history as, for example, happened in the years 1928, 1958, 2007 and now in the necessary and urgent changes that are required in the year 2019.
FIRST: The designation of an Education Commissioner from the Government Centre (or equivalent) with competence to:
a. Accord policies with the university sector for the cessation of usurpation and to stop the intervention of Venezuelan universities.
b. Channel international political and financial cooperation to prevent the intervention of Venezuelan universities.
c. Make the university conflict visible through the political resources available to the Presidency (E).
d. Discuss and establish treaties, agreements and/or policies in university matters so that university degrees are validated and recognized nationally and internationally (similar to the case of passports).
SECOND: That the National Assembly commits itself to open a discussion of the LOE and the Law of Universities to strengthen the concept of university autonomy, after the cessation of usurpation.
THIRD: To create as soon as possible a fund for University Education that will allow for interventions in the different areas with problems resulting from budgetary asphyxiation in order to mitigate the university crisis in a limited manner.
FOURTH: The Presidency (E) and the directive of the National Assembly undertake to use all possible means to avoid intervention and occupation by the regime of Venezuelan universities.
FIFTH: CONFEV vows to the Presidency (E) and the National Assembly to use all necessary means at their disposal to achieve the cessation of usurpation as soon as possible, with the greatest cooperation and willingness to resist despite the risks involved.
Given, signed and sealed in the Plaza Cubierta of the Central University of Venezuela, in the University City of Caracas, on the fourteenth (14th) day of September of the year two thousand nineteen (2,019).