What is an education action group? They were started during the 1990’s, and are very popular at New Zealand university campuses. Primarily, they are a vehicle for taking direct action. Direct action against what? Direct action against user pays reforms to education at tertiary institutions. These groups work very closely with associations to achieve shared goals. What are the shared goals? The shared goals are those of quality free education for all who want it. They basically demanded a return to zero tertiary education fees, as well as a universal student living allowance. During the 1990s, large student protests were arranged. Today, a great way to get involved in one of these action groups is to follow one on social media. They have a strong presence on facebook and twitter. If you are looking to start an education action group, then you can simply start building a mailing list by networking on the social media sites. Gauge how many people are interested in starting one with you and take it from there.
After you have built up a mailing list, you can start by calling interested parties together for a meeting. Perhaps then discuss the relevant issues and start appointing people to organize the group professionally. You will need to vote on appointing a chairperson, spokesperson, and so on. Key posts in the organization will need to be filled. The education action group can then move on to the next phase of drumming up support for their group. You can start lobbying around campus to get more people interested and involved. It is important to have a high profile. Now that you have a large following, you can start arranging regular meetings around campus. If your organization needs funds, you can do one of two things. You can either approach sponsors, who also believe in your goal to fund the organization. If you don’t go this route, the other option is to raise funds on your own.
This can be done by having campaigns, donations, or giving events such as car washes, to raise money for the cause. Part of raising awareness also means that you should have active campaigns to draw awareness. It is important to get the attention of government in your quest to achieve your goals. In this regard you should speak to members of parliament. A great way to do this is to organize marches to parliament and to hand over petitions. This will not only get government attention, but also media attention. If you keep at this, your success will soon come. The size of your organization will grow. Awareness of your organization will grow. If you are looking to join an education action group, without starting your own, then simply go to google, type education action group into the search box, and then click search. The result will pull through in seconds. You will get a complete list of various action groups that you can join to achieve the goal that you believe in.