The coalition government announced today that, from 2011, the Ministry of Defence is to set up programmes in order to raise awareness of defence issues within the UK; this will include work in schools. An MoD representative said "We recognise the importance of ensuring that the public is informed about defence matters and consider that schools play a vital role in this endeavour." She went on: "Of course, as always, it is critical that the projects the MoD funds demonstrate results and impact. The use of funds for defence awareness will be scrutinised very closely and we will be tightening our annual review processes. Projects which are failing to meet their objectives, or projects which are not demonstrating that their activities are achieving higher levels of public awareness/support for defence will be closed."