Thursday, 12 April 2018

Bullying on and off line Part 1

For anyone being bullied it is a horrid experience. I for one can attest to that after suffering at the hands of bullies.  Those who have power over you pushing the very life out of you breath by breath.

I share now with the world what brought me to my knees, put me in a private clinic for depression and being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  This tore my world as I knew it apart, everything and everyone in my life suffered and are still suffering.  I too suffer as I have not been able to work and have tried to take my own life twice.

Everything started off well as I will express however I quickly learnt that what appears great can become a nightmare.

It all started on 2002 when I was accepted to go to China to run business courses through the Institute I worked with, that had started a cooperative program with BCBI, Beijing Chinese Business Institute and Xing Tai University.  The other staff I worked with thought I was mad.  I on the other hand was exited and took it as a compliment to be chosen.

I went to China and had the time of my life.  Yes I had to work and no it was not easy but those chosen to look after me always took me somewhere different on the weekends.  The great wall, Summer Palace and all other destinations I had only dreamed of seeing.  Me a nobody was held in great regard just for being a teacher - yes in China a teacher is revered, they even have a National Teachers Day where staff and students celebrate you - what a change from here huh.

My first day of teaching Marketing Law was an eye opener to say the least. I had the usual text book and asked the learners to get out there books.  One by one they took out printed copies of the text in black and white.  I was speechless.   After all copyright was part of the course I was teaching.  I asked those in charge why this had happened and was advised that they could not afford the real texts so they had taken apart the text sent to the teachers from Australia and sent them to the printers around the corner.  I did put it in my report to Australia as I was also doing a review of how the program was working but nothing was ever said.  It became the norm and I just had to run with it.

Another curious thing was the names of the learners. They had been asked to select an English name for their new teachers. As a result I was confronted with apples, oranges, cats etc, I think you get the picture.  Interesting to say the least.

Look out for the continuation tomorrow.  

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