All in the Cause of Duty by Nicholas Bennett

By Nicholas Bennett

This can be the tale of 1 man's 40 yr odyssey operating to aid decrease 3rd international international poverty, and provides wish to a few of the main morginalised and exploited humans on the planet. all through his lengthy occupation Nicholas Bennett labored in essentially the most distant and hard areas on this planet, confronted common coups and revolutions, when while elevating his kinfolk.

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This was sometimes interesting, as it was one of the few opportunities I had to speak to any woman and have any understanding of their reality. For the five days of her menses a woman is not allowed in the main house, nor allowed to play any role in the preparation of food. Most looked forward to their time with the animals, as this was the only rest they got from their gruelling fifteen-hour days. In the tea shops, which were found along most of the major trails, the clay cups that my family and I used had to be broken when we had finished drinking so that no one else would be able to use them after we had polluted them.

They had never seen the written word, and they could not understand what the function of the school could be, taking their sons and daughters away from productive work, locking them in a room and shouting at them in a strange language. How could it help for your children to 38 ALL IN THE CAUSE OF DUTY sit in a dark room all day long with many other children? Where is the commonality of these Northern tribes with the growing Ashanti, Fanti, and Ga middle classes living in and around Accra and other cities, who are determined that their children should attend boarding secondary schools with a curriculum leading to the British Cambridge School Certificate.

The classrooms are usually bare, and the children often do not have access to the basic textbooks, let alone any other learning materials. Many schools operate out of temporary facilities. Furniture is often non-existent, with the children sitting on mats or rocks, with their slates or exercise books on their knees. In some places I have met children walking to school with a stool and a small table balanced on their heads. Teaching is one of the most important professions that exist. We put our children in the care of the teacher for a good part of the year.

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