After long stipulation by the Bündnis Schule ohne Bundeswehr NRW (Alliance for NRW schools without armed forces), the NRW Ministry of Education announced that restrictions have now been implemented regarding the influence of German armed forces in schools. As reported by the media and confirmed by the Ministry, an amendment to the cooperation agreement between the armed forces and the Ministry of Education was signed on the 30th of August. The new agreement particularly differs from the old one (signed by the previous CDU Minister of Education) in three ways:
Almost every large German city now features signs and billboards praising the services of the German military (Bundeswehr) and calling on people to do their “duty.” In many bus, tram and underground stations, as well as at schools, universities and education centres, the Bundeswehr has been campaigning with provocative slogans like “Do something that really counts” and “You can’t solve crises by hanging around and drinking tea.”
According to a new report published in Die Welt, the German military recruited a record number of underage soldiers last year. Despite efforts from Germany’s Die Linke (Left Party) to end underage recruitments, the military has come back saying everything is being done in accordance with the law.
The Student Parliament (StuPa) of Humboldt University (HU) in Berlin voted on November 21 to oppose any Bundeswehr (armed forces) advertising at the university. The motion was tabled by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) chapter at Humboldt.
The StuPa adopted the resolution by a large majority: 19 voted in favor, six against and seven abstained. The resolution reads: “The Student Parliament rejects all forms of advertising for the Bundeswehr at our institution and calls on the Berlin Students Union and the University administration not to allow advertising by the Bundeswehr on the campus of HU.”
Submitted by antimili-youth on Wed, 26/10/2016 - 16:19
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