Britain's Teddy Bear Teacher Seeks Job in China

Teddy bear row teacher Gillian Gibbons is heading abroad to work again — this time setting her sights on a job in China.

Undeterred by her time in a Sudanese jail, the 54-year-old Liverpool mother has told Hello! magazine she still hopes to work abroad.

The primary school teacher was jailed in Sudan for insulting Islam when she allowed her pupils to name a teddy Muhammed.

Gibbons said: "I've been to China on holiday before and loved it.

"I know I'm the most notorious teacher in the world at the moment, but I'm hoping that perhaps no one has heard of me there.

"I'm driven to follow my dream of teaching abroad again."

Gibbons was spared a flogging after a seven-hour trial where she was sentenced to 15 days in jail.

After eight days she was pardoned when two British Muslim peers flew to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, to campaign for her release.

Her treatment caused international outrage, with British Muslim groups describing it as excessive.

She has now revealed her passport is stamped "Deportee," but she would like to return to an Islamic country at some point.

In the interview Gibbons thanked Lord Ahmed and Baroness Warsi who helped negotiate her release, describing their efforts as "brilliant."

She also said she had been overwhelmed by support from British and Sudanese Muslims but added that the incident was surreal at times.