The educational programme ‘Veteran in the Classroom’ is part of a broader educational programme of the National Veterans’ Day Committee.
The Veterans’ Institute has been running this programme since 2005, for a long time under the name ‘Verhalen van Veteranen’ [Veterans’ Tales]. Veterans of various wars and peacekeeping missions visit schools as guest speakers and discuss their deployment and what it means to be a veteran with pupils. Topics which are also relevant to other (young) citizens arise during those discussions. It is history teaching in the flesh, as well as interactive teaching and learning, and draws its strength from the personal accounts of military experiences and their consequences. Pupils in the 10-18 year age group are the key target group of the educational programme, although students in higher education or at university are also part of that group.