Former Langwith school gives boost to Sudan

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Old tables and chairs from a former Langwith school site have been packed up and sent to the Sudan.

The furniture at the old Stubbin Wood School buildings in Langwith had been promised to a special school in the North African country.

The school moved to its new site in April last year, leaving the buildings and everything in it behind.

But now the furniture – including tables, chairs, computer desks, sets of drawers, big storage cabinets and bookcases - are getting a new lease of life with those in the Sudan.

The National Police Aid Convoy (NPAC) – a volunteer organisation – were there to help load the container full of the unwanted equipment.

Mitchell Ellis (15) said he was very proud to be helping students in the Sudan.

He said: We are very lucky to have out brand new school and this stuff isn’t being used any more so it’s a shame to let it go to waste.

“By packing it up and sending it to the Sudan, it’ll get used lots by pupils and teachers because they don’t have anything like us.

“There were so many chairs and tables to move out of all the classrooms and get into the container.

“It’s so big and it was packed very tightly. I hope the children in the Sudan are happy with the equipment.”

The container went from the former Stubbin Wood School to the storage warehouse of the National Police Aid Convoy in Sandiacre where it was filled to the brim with any suitable furniture they had.

The 10-tonne container then started its long journey to the Sudan, estimated to take between three and four weeks.

The NPAC has helped with the paperwork required to make sure it reaches its destination safely but it can get stuck in ports in Africa for days at a time.

They will also meet the container at its final destination and help unpack it.

The furniture will be used to equip one new special school, Gezira Special School in Wad Medain, in its entirety.

Lee Floyd, the headteacher at Stubbin Wood in Common Lane, said he was very proud to be helping schools in the Sudan.

He said: “We have a great relationship with many schools out there and we want to help in any way that we can.

“All this equipment was just sitting in the old school, unused and when they said they would be pleased to have it, we were really happy.

“We know it’s going to a good home to children – and teachers – who will be really, really pleased with it.”