The Imam of Marlborough? by Henry Pearson

On my second visit to Gunjur in 1995, I attended a meeting at which the Chair began by welcoming me as the Team Rector of Marlborough. As she attempted to explain who I was and what I did, someone interrupted her and said "Henry is the Imam of Marlborough". There was much laughter and the title stuck. 95 % of the people of The Gambia are Muslims and even though Gambia is a secular state all community meetings begin with Islamic prayers.

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MBG Lent Lecture 2014

Putting Development to Rights - David Mepham

The MBG Lent Lecture, was given by David Mepham, UK Director of Human Rights Watch, 12 March 2014, chaired by Lord Judd and introduced by Lilli Loveday.

The evening was a great occasion and extremely thought provoking. Thank you to all who attended and particular thanks to David Mepham, Lord Judd and Lilli Loveday.

David-MephamDavid Mepham joined Human Rights Watch in April 2011 as the UK Director, responsible for communications and advocacy. Before joining Human Rights Watch, he spent four years as the head of policy and advocacy for Save the Children UK.

Before that, he was associate director of the Institute for Public Policy Research and the head of its international programme, where he led research projects on fragile states; human rights and corporate responsibility; R2P; China's role in Africa, and economic and political reform in the Middle East.

From 1998 to 2002, David was a senior policy adviser in the UK's Department for International Development, and the lead author on the white paper Making Globalisation Work for the Poor (2000). He is also co-editor of Progressive Foreign Policy - new directions for the UK (2007). David was educated at the London School of Economics and Oxford University.

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My Time in Gunjur by Alex Rodger

Alex-RodmartI arrived in Gunjur on the 12th of April 2013 to teach Maths in the Upper Basic School for 3 months. I started at the school on the 15th of April and spent the first two weeks following Maths teacher Buba Touray "BT" and sitting in on his lessons. After these two weeks I quickly gained his and a lot of teachers' trust and was given three classes of my own to teach (grade 8 Darboe, Bunjeng and Jatta). I was regularly supervised by Mr. Touray and the head of the department Mr. Ba.

Teaching classes of fifty students was daunting at first but I managed to impose my own teaching style and had the time of my life interacting with the students and learning about their lives. At first I tried setting homework regularly but soon realised that these were barely ever completed as the students all had chores to do in the afternoon and no electric light in the evenings.

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