Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 6. May 28, 1947
One World One Campus
One World One Campus
"In the Philippines university buildings have been destroyed, buildings which were the pride of a young nation seeking its freedom. In Burma and Indonesia the broken threads of university life are slowly being gathered together, while in Germany and Japan the problem remains unsolved and the future of their student youth is still uncertain."
This is the situation which confronts World Student Relief.
The outstanding characteristic of WSR is that it is based on student, enterprise. A large share of its funds comes from students and professors in those countries which have suffered less than others from the war. But some national committees which were receiving help last year have announced their intention to become self-supporting, e.g. Norway, Holland, Belgium and Czechoslovakia.
Bengal students are fighting the famine in their own locality, and in China eight years of war have been a hard teacher. The three-thousand-year-old tradition that a scholar should not engage in manual labour has gradually been undermined. Students in famine-stricken Honan, have built roads and fought locusts; in Changtu, Kunming and Fukien they have gardened, dug wells, made roads and so on.
Help From Others
Denmark is perhaps the outstanding illustration of this tendency and the Danish Committee has within a few months launched an important programme for the benefit of foreign students in need. Nor can we fail to mention the fine gift of one of the Chinese committees for the relief of students abroad.
On the other hand the British Committee between April and October in 1946 sent eighty tons of food to European university centres. The British Office has been responsible for the securing of a grant of £5,000 for Greece from the British Aid to Greece. And in Norway, Bergen students in six weeks collected 70,000 kilos of paper, 5,000 technical books, 10,000 bottles of cod liver oil, 60 beds and scientific instruments to be sent to universities in Poland.
The knowledge that students in other countries care, has been of immense significance in rebuilding the morale of those in the most devastated areas. Help has been received [unclear: from] governments, major relief organisations and foundations, but it has become increasingly clear that the chief means of support must continue to be found among students themselves.