On March 3, 2021, one of the biggest protests in the history of Myanmar took place in different cities of the country and at least 38 protesters were killed, including a 19-year-old young lady named Kyal Sin who was shot to death in Mandalay. Many of the students and young people went to the streets and protested against the military coup. According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), more than 400 protesters were arrested in Yangon during the crackdown on March 3. We have been informed that 14 of the students coming from SCM-Yangon Region were arrested and they are not allowed to contact nor see their lawyers and families. The names of the students are listed below:
Date: March 29th 2021
To: WSCF Affiliated and Associated member movements, WSCF General Assembly Delegates, Executive Committee and Regional Committees, WSCF regional secretaries
Re: Extraordinary Virtual General Assembly Announcement and Approval
From: Marcelo Leites – General Secretary WSCF
Dear friends, brothers and sisters
Greetings from the World Student Christian Federation.
The purpose of this letter is to announce an Extraordinary General Assembly that will be held online. This Assembly will not substitute the in-person General Assembly (GA) that will be held in 2022, which was already announced in a previous statement.
The WSCF Executive Committee has decided to hold the Online Extraordinary General Assembly (V-GA) between July 29 and July 31, 2021.
Date: February 04, 2021
To: WSCF Affiliated and Associated member movements, WSCF General Assembly Delegates, Executive Committee and Regional Committees
Re: WSCF 37th GA Postponement Announcement
From: Marcelo Leites – General Secretary WSCF
Dear WSCF Friends,
Greetings from the World Student Christian Federation,
I hope this message finds you and your movements safe and healthy,
The WSCF General Assembly (GA) is the most representative and highest-decision making body of the Federation. As a rule it meets every four years or within a period of six years in case of extraordinary circumstances in order to bring together the Federation’s 108 associated and affiliated member movements from 94 countries.
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the WSCF Executive Committee (ExCo) decided in December 2020 to postpone the in-person General Assembly that was to be hosted in Berlin in June 2021 to a new date in 2022 maintaining Berlin as the host city.
The Universal Day of Prayer for Students (UDPS) is one of the longest established ecumenical events. The WSCF publishes ecumenical services of worship on a theme that relates to the Federation's theme of study for the year or responds to current events and issues of concern to the world's students.
The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) is pleased to announce and introduce Mr. Marcelo Leites from Uruguay as the in-coming General Secretary of WSCF. This decision was made by the WSCF Executive Committee following more than a year of search process which began in October 2019 and was completed last November 2020. As the in-coming General Secretary, Marcelo Leites, will be presented by the Executive Committee to the member movements in the forthcoming WSCF General Assembly (GA) for approval.
Marcelo David Leites comes from a long history of involvement with the Student Christian Movements (SCMs) in Uruguay and WSCF LAC. He currently works as WSCF’s Regional Executive formerly called Regional Secretary for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) from 2012 and Director for WSCF’s Global Program on Ecological Justice since 2016. Prior to this, Marcelo was a member of the Student Christian Movement of Uruguay from 2005 to 2011. He worked as a Social Educator, Campaigner and Accompanier for youth-related programs and projects in Montevideo, Uruguay before joining WSCF as the interim regional secretary for LAC in 2011.
13 November 2020
Dear WSCF member movements, senior friends and partners,
Greetings from the WSCF Inter-regional office!
We continue to pray that you are all well at this time of COVID19 global pandemic. This pandemic has affected our lives, including the way we do our work and engage with all of you. With the postponement of our In-person 37th General Assembly (GA) last June in Berlin, we continue to strive and adapt to inevitable changes in the life of our Federation under this so called new normal. I’m therefore writing to inform you of two very important changes in the life of our global Federation today.
First, we wish to inform you of the resignation of Ms. Georgine Kengne Djeutane as WSCF Chairperson last September 2020. Georgine leaves the role and responsibilities of the chairperson position to our WSCF Co-vice chairpersons, Immanuel Gopala Kitnan and Salma Sharaf until the next General Assembly (GA) is organized where elections will be held for the new set officers of the Federation.