All in the Cause of Duty by Nicholas Bennett

By Nicholas Bennett

This is often the tale of 1 man's 40 yr odyssey operating to aid decrease 3rd global international poverty, and provides wish to a few of the main morginalised and exploited humans on the planet. all through his lengthy profession Nicholas Bennett labored in one of the most distant and hard locations on this planet, confronted common coups and revolutions, when whilst elevating his relatives.

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Though these organizations have been indispensable for my work, I have never felt that I should be serving them, and have never been interested in climbing up their hierarchies. 30 ALL IN THE CAUSE OF DUTY Over the past four decades I have worked with twenty or so different Governments in Africa and Asia, most of which had little or no legitimacy, as they had gained power through coups or rigged elections. These have concentrated their efforts on thievery for themselves, their clans and cliques, rather than in improving the lives of their people.

It was only when I tried to discuss with him what he had read that I realised that he did not understand a single word of what he was reading so perfectly. Such reading is hardly a useful life skill! A normal, logical hierarchy of learning involves starting reading and writing in the learner’s maternal language. Given the large number of languages in Ghana, we had to train teachers in the preparation and printing of introductory reading materials in a child’s maternal language using a home made silk screen press.

That particular clash was the most serious that had taken place for some time, with many round huts burnt, and five people killed. When I returned to Ghana twenty five years later, the same tribal conflict had flared up again, but this time thousands of huts were burnt and hundreds killed, and teachers and health workers were forced to flee the area. This second time round, machine guns instead of bows and arrows were the weapons of choice on both sides. In the latter part of the 1970’s I was involved in a project designed to bring basic literacy and health services to the hill tribes in the North West of Thailand.

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