This report highlights that peace education is not being promoted in schools. This is counter to the recommendations made by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to the UK Government that peace education should be part of the curriculum.
This raises concerns particularly with the increased promotion of the military within schools through the Department for Education's 'military ethos' programme and free military-related learning resources, and as the armed forces continue to conduct a substantial 'youth engagement' programme.
This report focuses on:
- The absence of a compulsory and organised curriculum of peace education within UK schools.
- The increased promotion of the military within the educational system by the Government and by the armed forces.
- Concerns regarding this activity taking place within education, including the process of recruitment to the armed forces.