TutudeskHandout bannerThanks to a much-needed donation of stationery-stuffed backpacks and 2000 mobile Tutudesks in Limpopo, even more school children are ready to learn.

Thanks to a much-needed donation of Tutudesks, 2000 Limpopo learners will now be able to work at a desk in their classroom. For around 3 million school children across South Africa, the lack of a work desk impacts their handwriting development, concentration and academic performance. Since first partnering with the Desmond Tutu Tutudesk campaign in 2015, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet has donated 10 000 of these mobile lap desks to schools around the nation. 

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Tutudesks are locally produced and made from a high-grade, child-safe, proprietary polymer that won’t shatter like other plastics if dropped. A Tutudesk weighs under a kilogram and rests comfortably and stably on a child’s lap, providing them with an even, steady surface to write on whether they are sitting on a chair or on the floor. The desks have a handle, so they can easily be carried by the learners and can be taken home and used for doing homework and projects.

The Tutudesk Campaign, a MySchool beneficiary with Archbishop Desmond Tutu as its patron, has provided Tutudesks to more than 1.5 million learners across 24 African countries. An independent research survey, involving 16 000 learners and 500 teachers, attests to multiple improvements in the classroom learning environment, classroom management and in actual learners’ performance

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For learners at Bordeaux Primary School, Monthsheng Primary School, Maponya Primary School and Sepeke Primary School, the latest donation included an extra surprise for 500 learners. Thanks to MySchool cardholders who joined a volunteer event earlier this year, the children received sturdy school backpacks filled with stationery. 

Volunteers also helped personalise 500 pencil bags, made by Learn to Earn – an empowerment initiative – to add a special touch to the donation. 

 “How can you learn to read and write if you don’t have basics such as a desk, a backpack and stationery to write with? This was the question we put to our cardholders, when we invited them to volunteer and help fill backpacks with stationery”, says Helene Brand, MySchool’s CSI Manager. “We also wanted to personalise the donations as much as possible to show learners we care about them as individuals and not just as a statistic. If education in rural communities matters to you, the Tutudesk campaign is the perfect cause to support because the desks provide an immediate solution.”