Student Christian Movement Of the Philippines
The Student Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP) traces its roots in 1950s as a campus ministerial work by the Philippine Federation of Christian Churches, NCCP’s forerunner. This brought together Christian youth regardless of their denomination, to effectively spread the Good News in the academic community.
The Youth Department later became the Student Work Committee (SWC) to coordinate student Christian groups and organizations, and took charge of the campus ministry work. Through this, students started organizing the Christian Youth Movement in universities in Metro Manila.
In 1956, the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) recognized SWC when it voted to elevate SWC as associate member.
In December, 1960 the SCMP was born through its First National Assembly held with 57 delegates representing 52 SCMP units all over the country. The Assembly also declared autonomy from the SWC and granted a full affiliate status by the WSCF.
When Martial Law declared in 1972, the SCMP together with all other student organizations was banned. By 1978, the SCMP was revived with three chapters and four organizing units. By 1980, the 8th National Associate member.
The SCMP is a national democratic ecumenical mass organization of youth and students. It is mainly based in university campuses nationwide. It is actively participating in the Filipino people’s struggle for genuine freedom and sovereignty.
Among its major activities are education on Philippine social realities and contemporary world events, basic masses integration (such as Oplan Lingap to demolished urban poor communities, peasants and indigenous peoples), worship dialogues in workers’ picketlines, campus witnessing of issues of people and basic masses.
- To build social awareness among Christian youth and students
- To immerse with, organize and mobilize Christian youth and students and involve them in people’s struggles;
- To support, participate in and articulate within and outside the academic community the struggle for social change;
- To harness potentials and develop skills of the students for the service of the people’s struggle.
The National Assembly is the highest governing body of the SCMP. The National Council acts in behalf of the assembly when the later is not in session. It is composed of the members of the National Executive Committee, Regional Assembly Chairpersons, two Senior Friend representatives elected by the National Assembly and the Youth Coordinator of the NCCP. Its basic organizational structure is the chapter in the schools.