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The pictures above show what is left of the Episcopal Church of Sudan primary school in Omdurman that was opened in 1906 and built by the Church Missionary Society. It is highly likely that this school still belongs to the CMS as it does not feature in the ECS list of schools for which they request donations. The work of Bishop Gwynne during this period at the beginning of the 20th Century was very much interlinked with the work of the ECS/CMS in providing schools. The CMS eventually decided to open a school to accomodate their growing number of students on the site that is now occupied by Unity High School, but needed Gwynne to provide the funding once more. As can be seen, the Primary school is now utterly run-down and has clearly been neglected (though the photographs make it look better than it actually is). Very little money, if any has been spent on it for a considerable period of time. This despite the large sums of money having been donated to the church for use on its' schools by many organisations, many of whom are refusing to give further donations (such as the CMS Africa) as previous donations are not being accounted for. It is interesting to note that Winifred Hill, one of the former Trustees of Unity High School was also the Principal of this CMS school - once more showing the clear historical links between Unity and the early work of the CMS in providing schools in Sudan. Indeed the present governing body of this school is the same as at Unity, minus the Coptic community representative.
It can be seen that the school started life as a beautiful example of educational architecture. A solid and well designed main building with classrooms extending out on either side to embrace a central courtyard. An ideal community structure for primary students to work and play. This school is in many ways one of the precursors of Unity High School and the work of Bishop Gwynne and the other founders of education in Sudan.
You can find its sister schools in Omdurman here: The Episcopal Church of Sudan Boys' School in Omdurman, Founded About 50 Years Ago - 18th May 2011 and here: The Episcopal Church of Sudan Girls' School in Omdurman, Founded in 1912 - 18th May 2011.