James Caan Proposes Sudan Programme to Projects Abroad
James Caan – of BBC Dragon's Den fame – has asked Projects Abroad to set up a teaching and care programme in Sudan. He believes that this, along with Projects Abroad's other programmes in the Moslem countries of Senegal and Morocco, will help to overcome the ill-feeling generated by the imprisonment in Sudan of English teacher, Gillian Gibbons, for allowing her class to name a teddy bear "Mohammed".
Peter Slowe, Director of Projects Abroad who commented on the Gillians Gibbons case on BBC and Sky, says "We think this is a great idea. Sudan is a wonderful country for volunteers if their volunteering is organised properly. We hope to have the basis for this new programme set up early in the New Year – please keep watching our website for news!"
As Peter stressed in his TV interviews, working overseas within an organisation that can provide full-scale briefing and preparation, advice on local culture and the support of local staff, can avoid the type of misunderstandings that happened in the Gillian Gibbons case.