All in the Cause of Duty by Nicholas Bennett

By Nicholas Bennett

This is often the tale of 1 man's 40 12 months odyssey operating to assist lessen 3rd global global poverty, and provides desire to a few of the main morginalised and exploited humans on the earth. all through his lengthy occupation Nicholas Bennett labored in essentially the most distant and hard locations on this planet, confronted common coups and revolutions, while even as elevating his relatives.

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There is so little trust, or so much patronage, that almost all decisions relating to the establishment of schools, and the appointment and promotion of teachers, are taken centrally. In Chad, though it might take a teacher ten days to reach the capital from the school in which he is working, every decision relating to a teacher’s career is taken by the officials behind the iniquitous door 12, in the Civil Service Ministry. In Cameroon the task for a teacher seeking promotion is even more complex, as he needs to get the authorization from officials in three ministries, some of them more than once.

In the poorer countries more than a half of the total population is a teacher, a student, or a parent of a child who is in school. The network of public primary schools is far more extensive than any other public institutional network, except for the military in the worst type of police state. The school system is inbred, as someone who wants to be a teacher graduates from school and immediately enters a Teacher Training College or Faculty of Education. The instructors in these colleges have been trained in the same institutions in which they are teaching.

The last thing that they wanted was to have to listen to egalitarian fantasies from young students hardly out of their teens. However, given the role these students had played in overthrowing the military, they could not be completely ignored. The new Government proceeded to neutralize my student activist friends by placing them on pedestals and massaging their egos, whilst it quietly consolidated its control of all the instruments of state power, and only later began quietly to rein in, and in some cases kill, the most extreme of the activists.

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