Youth campaigner launches pro-peace education campaign for Scotland’s schools THE SCOTTISH EDUCATION SYSTEM should be a complete no go zone for British military recruitment, according to a teenager who has launched a new campaign group. Sixteen year old Jay Sutherland, a student from Kilmarnock, has launched ‘Scotland Against Militarism’ which aims to “tackle militarism within our education system”.
In recent years there has been growing discomfort in some quarters around (what is seen as) increasing levels of promotion of the military and ‘military ethos’ among children and young people. Is there ever a justification for recruiting children to the armed services?Chair: Brian Larkin I Speakers: David Gee, Mairi Campbell-Jack
The Countering the Militarisation of Youth project seeks to identify and challenge the many ways in which young people around the world are encouraged to accept the military and military values as normal, and worthy of their uncritical support. Militarisation is a process which goes far beyond overt recruitment. It includes the presence and influence of the armed forces in education, public military events such as parades, and military-themed video games.This website is one is a series of efforts to bring together a network of those already working on countering the militarisation of youth in their own settings, and to encourage more people to take action on these issues.