It doesn’t matter how much one is spending for what purpose, maintaining the integrity of people you are serving with high ethical consideration is what matters the most. It is rather unacceptable to use negative media marketing campaign to raise funds for any cause. Even if one is successful in launching and running the project, the value will be lost. Amir Khan, your cause is a good one but it should maintain respect for the people of Gunjur and The Gambia. Represent the people of this cohesive socially moral and rich community with respect and high regards. That way you can gain the trust and respect of the Gambian people.
Alhagie Alib Bojang
Thank you Dr Nick Maurice for telling the world the truth about The Gambia. Mr Amir Khan, we are poor but not extremely poor to the extent that children starve to death. There is no child in The Gambia that goes to bed without a meal twice a day. Remember that your country, the United Kingdom, has homeless people. If you want, you can help but don’t dirty the image of the great, peaceful, sweet Gambia, the Smilling Coast of Africa.
Momodou Lamin Kamara
What Dr Nick Maurice said is real about Gunjur. Tell Amir Khan that we receive honourables in Gunjur from the British House of Commons like Claire Perry and other people from Prince Charles’s office who slept in Gunjur. Do you think these people will stay in Gunjur when people are dying from hunger there? How did they live for a week with local families in Gunjur? These people live humbly during their stay and did not want to be known either. And they did not say such a thing about Gunjur since they went back. Some white men are still lying about us because they still believe we live in trees. The question is how do their people live in Africa? Tell Amri Khan to keep his money; we are not starving in Gunjur and The Gambia at large.
Lamin Ba Touray
No one should blame Amir Khan. It is those greedy people who are to blame for showing that there are hungry orphans in The Gambia dying of hunger. That’s usually the trick that most charitable organisations use to earn the sympathy of the good-hearted rich people in the world. One does not have to lie to get donations. Whenever it is eventually known, the image of the country will not look good.
Let us be real, no poverty no charity. Our governments from the Third World go to the West and use the same language or words. Yes it may sound otherwise but that’s the fact. Also Amir Khan is not a Gambian and he must have measured the standard of living in Gunjur with that of England. He is not raisng money to enrich himself but to help the needy.
Amir Khan is a good man with a heart of a gold! I have been following him and his career in boxing since 2004. Do you really think he will go to the media to spoil the image of those kids he’s trying to help? Come on, get a grip people! You know what this media can be like twisting people’s words or putting words into their mouths especially if one is a celebrity? Do your own research or say no more.
The need to promote quality education for all
World at School is an organisation geared towards increasing awareness for the education of over 57 million kids who are out of school in the world. As a newly appointed global youth ambassador for World at School, I would like to bring attention to the 57 million children around the world currently being denied their human rights to education.
In view of the importance of education to progress and sustainable development of the world, I think it is imperative for your newspaper to dedicate a page to creating awareness about quality education for all children.
I am joined in this call to action by over 500 youth advocates for global education since its launching on 1 April 2013 by the United Nations secretary general Ban ki-Moon and the United Nations special envoy for global education, Gordon brown.
Malala Yousafzai who was shot by the Taliban for going to school in Pakistan just over a year is one of my fellow ambassadors. Her story and that of so many other youth advocates inspired me to stand up for the millions of children who are kept out of school because of poverty, early marriage, child labour and different forms of discrimination.
As a firm believer that education is the answer to the greatest challenges we face as a society, we need the collaboration of the media in urging leaders to raise budgets, build schools, train teachers and improve learning for all children.
It has been shown that we could lift more than 170 million people out of poverty simply by teaching the young people basic reading skills in low-income countries. In view of that, it is important to ask why are we not making this a reality. Unless we reverse the current trend it will be difficult to achieve universal primary education in the desired time hence the need for the collaboration of all.