‘Classroom in a box’ sent from South Shields to Zimbabwe

Project supporters with the box in South Shields.
Project supporters with the box in South Shields.

A ‘classroom in a container’ packed with educational items – and sent 5,500 miles from South Tyneside to Zimbabwe – has reached its destination and been opened for business.

Hundreds of pupils are now benefiting from better learning resources after the eight-tonne steel freight unit was safely delivered to the Youth Contact Centre (YCC) school in the city of Bulawayo.

It left South Tyneside College – the project’s main backer and co-ordinator – in St George’s Avenue, South Shields, in July packed with books, computers, schoolroom furniture, musical instruments, and other teaching essentials.

They have now been unloaded after it was met by thrilled pupils and officials of YCC, which is undergoing rejuvenation, and VIPs.

College governor Les Watson, 64, said: “We are all delighted that the container has arrived and its contents are already being put to good use.”