In the Czech Republic soldiers have reportedly started touring elementary schools nationwide in an effort to introduce students to military life. Children from the age of 10 are being familiarized with and encouraged to play with machine guns....
Increased military involvement in schools is a policy championed by the current UK government. This has meant funding the development of new cadet corps, fast-track training as teachers for former soldiers, and encouraging the adoption by schools of a military ethos.
Die Initiative "Hochschulen für den Frieden - Ja zur Zivilklausel" gründete sich im Mai 2011. In ihr setzen sich Gewerkschaften, Studierenden- und Wissenschafts- sowie Friedensorganisationen für zivile Hochschulen als Ort für Studien, Lehre und Forschung ein, in denen sinnvolle Beiträge zur friedlichen Lösung der Probleme und Konflikte dieser Welt geleistet werden (weitere Informationen siehe: Erklärung „Hochschulen für den Frieden - ja zur Zivilklausel“).
Subvertising action against army recrutement campaign in Belgian railway stations. The army had chosen Saint-Valentins day to recrute new pilots, technicians for their fighter planes. This was a bit to ironical for quite some people
Make Love Not War: 'Improving' military ads in Belgium
A short film made by Headliners and ForcesWatch, 2014
Why does the military have a 'youth engagement' policy and why is the government promoting 'military ethos' within education? What is the impact of military activities taking place in schools? ForcesWatch have been working with the charity Headliners and a group of young people in London to produce this short film which explores these questions and gives teenagers the opportunity to voice their reaction to the military’s interest in their lives.
Through articles, images, survey data and interviews, Sowing Seeds: The Militarisation of Youth and How to Counter It documents the seeds of war that are planted in the minds of young people in many different countries. However, it also explores the seeds of resistance to this militarisation that are being sown resiliently and creatively by numerous people. READ MORE