SCHOOLKIDS are being taught more about the “military ethos” than peace and human rights, a ForcesWatch report revealed today.
New data brought forward by the military recruitment watchdog showed how Tory policy could be breaking the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
According to ForcesWatch, there has been no investment in peace and human-rights teaching, while the Department for Education has spent £45 million since 2012 by on “military ethos” schools programmes, which involve veterans helping children develop “character.”
The non-profit organisation’s co-ordinator Emma Sangster said: “The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is clear when it comes to education — schools must teach human rights, peace and tolerance in order to promote non-violence as a life skill and to develop an awareness of the importance of these values for society.
“Not only does the government fail to ensure that schools educate for peace or about peace, it actively promotes military approaches through its military ethos programmes, free military-related learning resources and the ever-expanding presence of the armed forces in our schools.”
ForcesWatch is now calling for an inquiry into the military ethos programme, which sends ex-armed forces personnel in to schools to mentor “disengaged pupils” and “instil teamwork, discipline and leadership.”
Last December Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said of the programme: “For pupils who may have faced challenges or difficulties in their personal life, these initiatives run by former armed services personnel can offer a sense of greater aspiration and can help build the skills and confidence they need to go on to good jobs and successful futures.”