17th November marks the International Students Day. As we commemorate this day, the Commonwealth Students Association calls for deeper investment in education and for student voices to be taken seriously by political leaders and policy formulators. 60% of the Commonwealth’s population is under the age of 30; and a significant number of those young people are students.  Students are major stakeholders in not only the education sector but also all aspects of the state that affect their future, and for far too long they have not been meaningfully engaged in the development and implementation of policies that affect them. This is contrary to the article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which makes provision for young people to be included in decision making processes.  It is time for change. The recent Youth Development Report released by the Commonwealth has shown massive disparity in youth chances across Commonwealth countries. As mentioned in the report, “the YDI is a useful tool for us to compare our government’s investments in youth with outcomes attained. Students organizing internationally gives us opportunity to highlight educational disparity. Ironically, more youth are losing out too in these countries – as they have more young people! Our message today on students’ day is clear; surely those countries with more youth should have more investment in education. But the opposite seems to be the case. But critical still is education, as Maxwell Dlamini says, President of the University of Swaziland and recently arrested without charge for engaging in pro-democracy protests; “It is a duty and responsibility of each and every government to make sure that […]