Following ATA UK’s successful “Promoting NATO Across Communities” project last year, NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division has awarded a grant to ATA UK’s parent organization – Resilient Futures – for a follow-on project for 2023.
“Promoting NATO Across Communities” included seven outreach events involving some 250 students in two six-form colleges in Leicester – Gateway College and Wyggeston Queen EIizabeth I College. The new “Promoting NATO to Youth” programme will allow similar events to take place not only in Leicester but elsewhere in the United Kingdom.
The introductory session provides an overview of NATO whilst the second part aims to heighten students’ awareness of hostile disinformation efforts and show how these are intended to erode cohesion in democratic societies and undermine confidence in liberal values and institutions. The sessions also look at disinformation in the context of the “myths and realities” of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, contrasting NATO’s actual role with that presented by President Putin.