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This is Belonging: Challenging militarism at home and abroad

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In Leicester, as in other deprived communities around Britain, the army is targeting children for recruitment. "This is belonging" will look at how this is happening and how communities in Leicester and beyond are resisting the militarisation of schools, public spaces and childhood.

Participants will include Leicester City Council; ForcesWatch; Veterans For Peace UK; Jo Phoenix (Open University); City of Leicester NUT / National Education Union; Penny Walker and Sue Taylor (Leicester); and Viv Carnea (East Midlands Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament).

Sarah Levitt, Leicester City Council's Head of Arts and Museums will give view on the contact the army has been having with children locally, the framework in which the contact is taking place, and Leicester Festivals and Events', and Leicester City Council's position on the recruitment of children into the military.

ForcesWatch will give an account on how and why the army is targeting children for recruitment nationally and how communities across the UK are responding to this recruitment drive.

Veterans for Peace will talk about the reality of life in the army, what happens to service men and women when they leave, and why, in Veterans for Peace's view, the army should not be targeting children.

Jo Phoenix, Professor in Criminology at The Open University, will talk about the possible connection between private companies, youth offender institutions and the army's recruitment efforts and how this connection puts children and young people at risk.

City of Leicester NUT / National Education Union will talk about the contact the army has been having with schools locally, the framework in which the contact is taking place, and the NUT / National Education Union position on the recruitment of children into the military.

Penny Walker and Sue Taylor will present the "Leicester Charter on the reduction of the militarisation of young people" and talk about the opportunities that exist for individuals and groups to act locally to reduce instances of children being targeted for recruitment.

East Midlands CND member, Viv Carnea will talk about the CND Peace Education programme which supports independent thinking and encourages debate and which encourages young people to form their own opinions. The programme also offers teacher training sessions and CPD on teaching about controversial issues such as conflict, war and peace.

"This is Belonging" is free and open to all and is being held as part of the 4th annual Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival which runs from 4 December through to 10 December every year.

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