"We call on the National Assembly to urge the Welsh Government to recommend that the armed forces should not go into schools to recruit.
Britain is the only country in the European Union that allows a military presence in its schools. Britain is the only country of the 27 European Union countries to recruit 16-year-old children to the armed forces. The armed forces target their recruitment in schools in the most deprived areas of Wales."
Launch of petition against army recruitment in schools (30/05/2012)
On Friday, 1 June 2012, Cymdeithas y Cymod (the Fellowship of Reconciliation in Wales) will launch a petition against army recruitment in schools at the Temple of Peace in Cardiff at 7pm.
The UK is the only country in the European union and in NATO to recruit 16year-olds to the armed forces. The petition on the National Assembly's website will declare:- "We call on the National Assembly of Wales to urge the Welsh Government to legislate to stop the armed forces from going into schools in Wales to recruit children to join."
During the meeting representatives of the United Nations Association Cardiff and District, CND Cymru, CymruX and the Unitarian Church will speak. The meeting will be chaired jointly by Professor Robin Attfield of UNA and Arfon Rhys of Cymdeithas y Cymod. It will be opened with singing by Côr Cochion, led by Councillor Ray Davies. There will be speeches by Stephen Thomas, CND Cymru Chair, Dewi Owen of the Unitarian Church and Cerith Jones, Chair of CymruX, the youth branch of Plaid Cymru. The event will be filmed by Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg for its online TV channel, Sianel 62.
Arfon Rhys, Secretary of Cymdeithas y Cymod, said: "The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has asked the UK to consider stopping the recruitment of children aged 16 to the armed forces and not to target children from ethnic and deprived backgrounds. This is why we will submit the petition to the Assembly on United Nations Day on 24 October. Cymdeithas y Cymod is an organisation that on the basis of our faith believes in the power of love and non-violent ways of resolving conflict in our world."
The petition will be available in a number of formats:
- to sign electronically on the National Assembly's website on https://www.assemblywales.org/en/gethome/e-petitions/sign-petition.htm;
- as a form to download and print out from Cymdeithas y Cymod's website on www.cymdeithasycymod.org.uk/deiseb-recriwtio.pdf;
- paper copies are available by phoning Cymdeithas y Cymod on 01286-830913.