SCOTTISH schoolchildren from a military background are set to receive an even greater education thanks to a £10,000 donation.
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity handed the five-figure gift to the Royal Caledonian Education Trust (RCET), which provides educational support to children from Scottish Armed Forces families, including veterans and Reservists, who are experiencing financial difficulties or living with ill health and disability.
The money will help fund the RCET education programme in Scotland, which invests in resources and teaching materials, research and training.
RCET chief executive James MacBain explained: “We want every child from an Armed Forces family to reach their full potential.
“This isn’t always achievable if they are moving between different education systems and their learning is interrupted, or if they are anxious about a parent who is away from home on active service, or experiencing other challenges at home.
“We strive to give a voice to children from Armed Forces families who might otherwise not be heard. This considerable and very generous donation will go a long way to achieving these aims.”
As well as giving grants to individuals, RCET works with schools, local authorities, Armed Forces charities and the military across Scotland on initiatives to support Service children, their teachers and their families.
Brigadier (Retd) Robin Bacon, chief of staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, added: “Supporting everyone in the Army family, from children to the elderly, is extremely important to us. This grant will assist RCET in the vital work it undertakes and allow us to reach many more family members of soldiers and veterans that we are here to help.”
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For more about the Royal Caledonian Education Trust, visit www.rcet.org.uk