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Members of a school international forum have paid tribute to Nelson Mandela after he died on Thursday.

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The Frances Bardsley International Club, based at the all-girls school in Brentwood Road, Romford, consists of around 50 pupils from Year 7 to Year 13.

On Friday, the girls looked at the life and times of Mr Mandela following his death at his home in Johannesburg, aged 95.

Abbie Roach, 16, vice-president of the club, said: “We are deeply saddened. It is the loss of a great and inspirational man that we are feeling here at the Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls.

“Wthout Nelson Mandela it would have been a very different world. We can give thanks for what he has done in terms of human rights and equality, not only in South Africa but around the world.”

Teacher Ivan Corea, founder of the club, said: ‘The girls have been looking at his remarkable journey – from prisoner to president. He has featured in many FBIC presentations on South Africa. He was such an inspiration to FBA students and to the International Club.”

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