A BID by South Tyneside College to send a classroom in a container to a school on Zimbabwe has received a boost.
Global connector of people and places Emirates has donated £250 worth of book vouchers to the bid to upgrade the Youth Contact Centre (YCC), a further education school in Bulawayo.
Thousands of books have been donated, but few are specifically educational materials for the classroom. This donation will ensure we can buy real books of learning.Les Watson, South Tyneside College governor
Thousands of items, including books, desks, chairs, computers, printers and musical instruments have been donated since the project was launched in November.
Emirates got involved because of its close links with South Tyneside College, whose governor Les Watson is leading the classroom in a container project.
Tracy Chandler, senior corporate sales executive, North East, said: “The North East is a vital regional hub for Emirates and we are delighted to support this worthy initiative.”
Les, 64, of West Boldon, is vice chairman of YCC’s new management board.
He taught at the YCC in the 1980s, and hopes the scheme will return it to past glories.
He said: “I’m delighted that Emirates has added its invaluable support to this extremely good and positive project.
“Thousands of books have been donated but few are specifically educational materials for the classroom.
“This donation will ensure we can buy real books of learning.”
Les remains committed to appealing for donations, and has asked specifically for musical instruments, including an electric bass guitar.
Financial donations and equipment can be made by contacting Sue Fowler at South Tyneside College on 427 3717 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org