Former soldiers to mentor pupils
February 28 2011
Former members of the armed services are to become mentors to troubled children at a number of schools around the country.
Education secretary Michael Gove revealed today (February 28th) announced that charity SkillForce has been awarded a £1.5 million grant to fund three pilot programmes.
"There is a huge opportunity for those people who have served their country in uniform to serve their country in our schools," he commented.
"They have many of the virtues that parents across the country feel have disappeared from our schools and need to be restored: self-discipline, a sense of purpose and a belief in the importance of working as a team."
He claimed that ex-service personnel will act as inspiring role models for the next generation.
"They will help to instill in young people, often from some of the most disadvantaged backgrounds, discipline, self-respect and a sense of purpose," Mr Gove added.
Posted by Andrew Jones
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