Fear of the Other

American Civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ‘ Men hate each other because they fear each other, and they fear each other because they don’t know each other, and they don’t know each other because they are often separated from each other’. Fear of the Other I live on a ‘privileged’ compound…

The Religious Police

I wrote this article a few months ago and it was edited in parts and published in the Saudi Gazette. However, within a couple of days it was blocked so I thought I would put it on my blog.   Mutaween/Hai/Religious Police On Thursday I went with my Saudi wife to the Riyadh International Book…

Breaking Down Barriers: published in the Saudi Gazette

Last updated: Sunday, March 17, 2013 11:49 PM Let me first of all say a big thank you for a well-done Education Supplement that Saudi Gazette published recently. I feel the Kingdom is in need of such a supplement to help add to the debate on educational issues. I took interest to read the article…

Sir William Patey and Ramon Mohamed

Afghanistan 2011

I arrived in Kabul July 1 2011 to support an NGO called WADAN and help establish a school in Jalalabad. I had a tour of the teacher training centre and drug rehabilitation clinic managed by WADAN. On the following day I had a meeting at the the British Embassy with Sir William Patey Ambassador in…

Pakistan May 2011

I spent a few weeks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in May visiting family and meeting with Professor Ihsan Ali Vice Chancellor of Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan. I have been given land by the University on a number of sites in the region to build schools. We have established The Pakhtun School Foundation. The purpose of…

Pakhtoon Schools Project

Pakhtoon Schools Project – booklet

The Pakhtoon Schools Project brochure outlines the development of the project and my partnership with Sheffield University School of Architecture and  Khan Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan. The brochure is a proposal to individuals, groups and organisations who are interested in supporting and funding a humanitarian initiative to build and sustain schools using local…

Pakhtoon Schools Project press coverage

There has been some press coverage about the Pakhtoon Schools project recently. The Yorkshire Post, the main regional newspaper for Yorkshire, writes about Pakistan University backs school plan. British Builder, daily news for developers and house builders, writes about Schools project gets international backing. And finally, People in Harmony, a mixed race organisation which promotes…