The morning of 29 October will mark the launch of the hand-over of 5,000 Tutudesks to underprivileged schools in the Eastern Cape. In South Africa alone an estimated 3 million children do not have a classroom desk to work at and across the Sub-Saharan Africa region this number escalates to almost 100 million children attending school without the benefit of a classroom desk to work at. The Tutudesk Campaign is addressing classroom desk shortages by providing children with access to portable desks (known as Tutudesks) and in so doing is improving access, supporting literacy development and enhancing academic performance amongst the beneficiaries of the programme.
The Tutudesk Campaign has recently joined forces with the UN’s Special Envoy for Education, Mr Gordon Brown, in support of his Emergency Response Coalition for Education programme initiative, which aims to make rapid improvements in emerging market education development, relative to the findings of the recently released MDG report . Within this partnership, the Tutudesk Campaign will also form part of the wider Special Envoy’s Global Education First Initiative.
In answer to a recent call to action by the Archbishop and starting this month, the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet Fundraising Programme and the Woolworths Trust have joined forces and will be providing 5 000 Tutudesks to beneficiary learners in the Eastern Cape, focusing specifically on schools that have less than 50% of the desks they need. Next week Tutudesk Campaign’s Director for Stakeholder Relations, Mrs Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe, will be visiting Ntyatyambo Primary School in Zwide for the first hand-over.
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