A globetrotting education expert from South Tyneside has taken up his latest challenge.
Mark Richard Brown, who hails from South Shields, is currently enjoying his new post at Karachi in Pakistan. Mark, has joined as principal of The City School, which caters for students from throughout the area.
The 56-year-old, from Whiteleas, who has worked all over the world, says he is delighted to be taking on this new challenge.
He said: “Karachi it a fab place to live and work.
“The people are kind and honest always putting others before themselves.
“The school is great with over 2,550 kids, both boys and girls, from ages seven to 16.”
Karachi is a fab place to live and workMark Richard Brown
Mark said his school is part of a much larger company, which has more than 185 schools in 52 different countries.
A former pupil at Cleadon Park School in South Shields, Mark has enjoyed a very varied teaching career spanning almost 30 years.
During his time he has worked in schools in Libya, Ghana, Nigeria and Qatar.
After a short period in the Military Police, Mark completed his masters degree in Huddersfield and then set out on his career in education.
He spent seven years in Khartoum, in The Sudan, working as a director of literacy and numeracy with Voluntary Service Overseas, then, after a time back in the UK, he made his first trip to Ghana in 2006, where he helped establish the British International School in Accra.
Now, he is excited about his latest challenge in Pakistan.
Mark said he hopes that by highlighting his work people in his home town will reflect upon Pakistan stereotypes.
He said: “I hope it will assist in uniting people of different cultures and religious beliefs, following my personal moto ‘No tolerance for intolerance’.”
The City School was established in 1978 and is one of the largest private school networks in Pakistan with branches in all the major cities across the country.
The knowledge and skills-based curriculum is derived from the UK national curriculum and guides students from nursery to Cambridge International Examinations.