Tutudesk 2016 handout with MySchool and Loot.co.zaMySchool and loot.co.za team up to deliver 3000 Tutudesks to change the lives of thousands of budding learners across South Africa.

For 13-year old Monjela Mabiso from Thulani Primary, a new Tutudesk means a new future for learning. “When I grow up I want to be a doctor. I’m very glad that we got the Tutudesks, because these desks can help us when we are writing our homework or other class work, either at home or at school”. The fact is that around 3 million school children don’t have a desk to work at in their classrooms.  For teachers it’s a huge challenge, and the shortage of desks is a learning setback that’s affecting handwriting development, concentration and academic performance.

Tutudesk 2016 handout PortElizabeth

That’s why MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet joined forces with loot.co.za this Youth Day to deliver 3000 Tutudesks to under-resourced schools in the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.  Thulani Primary was just one of these schools that has benefited from the Tutudesk campaign – a MySchool beneficiary with Archbishop Desmond Tutu as its patron – which has already provided Tutudesks to more than 1.5 million learners across 24 African countries.

Tutudesk 2016 handout Mpumalanga

“We believe that as South Africans we should all be playing an active role in improving the standard of education. Not having a desk is a serious setback”, says loot.co.za’s CEO Gary Hadfield. “We’ve come on board with MySchool, and participated in this latest Tutudesk drive so that we are playing our part in enhancing education in a clear and tangible way.”

More about Tutudesks

Tutudesks are locally produced and made from a high-grade, child-safe plastic that won’t shatter. Weighing under a kilogram to rest comfortably on a child’s lap, this mobile desk gives learners an even, steady surface to work on, whether they’re sitting on a chair or on the floor.  Every desk has a handle, so learners can carry them home and use them for homework and projects. 

“The Tutudesk Campaign is a great initiative that makes the difference,” says Pieter Twine MySchool’s General Manager, “We’re pleased that together with loot.co.za we are able to give Tutudesks to more learners in South Africa and excited about the long-term benefits of having one of the countries top E-commerce retailers in the MySchool fundraising partner network.”