A BID by South Tyneside College to send a classroom in a container to a school on Zimbabwe has received a boost.

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BOOK BOOST ...  South Tyneside College governor Les Watson receives a �250 book token from Tracy Chandler of Emirates..

BOOK BOOST … South Tyneside College governor Les Watson receives a £250 book token from Tracy

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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.

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‘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.

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Les Watson, South Tyneside College governor

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Thousands of items, including books, desks, chairs, computers, printers and musical instruments have been donated since the project was launched in November.

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Emirates got involved because of its close links with South Tyneside College, whose governor Les Watson is leading the classroom in a container project.

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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.”

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Les, 64, of West Boldon, is vice chairman of YCC’s new management board.

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He taught at the YCC in the 1980s, and hopes the scheme will return it to past glories.

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He said: “I’m delighted that Emirates has added its invaluable support to this extremely good and positive project.

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“Thousands of books have been donated but few are specifically educational materials for the classroom.

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“This donation will ensure we can buy real books of learning.”

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Les remains committed to appealing for donations, and has asked specifically for musical instruments, including an electric bass guitar.

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Financial donations and equipment can be made by contacting Sue Fowler at South Tyneside College on 427 3717 or by email at sue.fowler@stc.ac.uk