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Leading ingredients manufacturer supports African school with PC donation

Pictured (L to R) Stuart Pine, IT Manager, Chris Walker and Richard Musgrave, Stephenson Marketing Manager

Global personal care ingredients manufacturer Stephenson has stepped in to help a school in Zimbabwe establish its first computer skills facility.

The Leeds-based firm has donated seven PCs and computer equipment to Pakati Secondary School in Zimbabwe.

Stephenson IT manager Stuart Pine heard an interview on local radio about teaching abroad during which an appeal was made for support and he immediately thought of a way in which the business could offer support.

Stuart said: “I heard an interview with teacher Chris Walker who is heavily involved with the school on local radio. He talked about his work in Zimbabwe with the school and his aspirations to help provide ongoing support to the school. I knew we had PCs that were being upgraded and we could help Chris directly by donating equipment to help the children gain experience in using computers.”

The computer equipment was shipped out to Zimbabwe this month by Stephenson, ready for the children to use.

Established in 1856, Stephenson is a world leader in speciality ingredients. Twice winner of the Queens Award for Export, it now distributes to customers worldwide with over 80 per cent of Stephenson business done overseas.

Pakati Secondary School was original built in 1983. The headmaster approached VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) in Harare requesting a maths teacher. Chris’ details were sent to Zimbabwe and in 1989 he was accepted as a new teacher at Pakati where he remained as a teacher and as acting headmaster until 1991.

Richard Musgrave, marketing manager at Stephenson commented: “The school is one of many in Zimbabwe at the lower end of state funding so technology is in short supply. Better funded schools nearby are already teaching using technology, so the computers donated by Stephenson will be of great advantage to the students. As a business, we’re always very proactive in supporting community initiatives whether that’s locally or much further afield.”