COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Landmine Action targets packs at schools

KIRSTEN DOWNER

A coalition campaigning against the use of cluster bombs will use the new citizenship element of the curriculum to target schools.

Landmine Action, which represents 50 charities, has mailed every secondary school in the UK, inviting them to request a copy of its new landmines schools pack.

The pack has been designed to fit into the new citizenship classes that are set to become part of the National Curriculum from September, but it can also be used for english, media studies, drama, geography, and social and environmental studies classes. Topics include types of landmines, their impact on children, and an introduction to international law.

"This pack is designed to help make a new generation aware of the devastating impact of landmines and similar weapons such as cluster bombs, and of how young people can create change,

said Andrew Purkis of The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, one of the coalition partners.

Landmine Action hopes to focus attention on other unexploded devices with the publication of a new report showing that more people are killed and maimed through cluster bombs and rockets than landmines. The Cooperative Bank, which sponsored the report, has written to its customers urging them to get behind the campaign, said Landmine Action's director Richard Lloyd.

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