YouthDay holdingTutudeskSwipe your MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card from 13 -16 June and we’ll give R1 extra every time. We aim to give 2 500 kids at under-resourced schools something they need desperately – a desk to write on.




In South Africa alone an estimated 3 million learners attend school every day without the benefit of a classroom desk to work at. The lack of a desk, a writing surface, affects handwriting, concentration and overall academic performance. In response to this and the greater African need, the Tutudesk Campaign has been providing portable school desks to children in Sub Saharan Africa since 2013.

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To date the Tutudesk Campaign has assisted more than 1,3 million learners in 24 African countries. In the last year MySchool was able to contribute 7 000 lap desks for learners at under-resourced schools in South Africa.

Archbishop, Desmond Tutu, the campaign’s official patron, said: “I was a barefoot township urchin. I went to school where there were no desks. We sat on benches and when the teacher asked us to write, we knelt down on the floor and used the benches we had been sitting on as desks …. I wish Tutudesks had been available in my day!”

For Youth Day 2015, MySchool is aiming to raise R350 000-00 for another 2 500 lap desks.  Every time a MySchool card is swiped at a participating retailers (Woolworths, Waltons, Toys R Us, Reggie’s and EngenFoodstops) from the 13th to 16th June, R1 will be donated towards the Desmond Tutu Tutudesk Campaign. This donation will be made over and above the contribution already made towards the cardholder’s selected beneficiary.

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Results from an independent research survey covering 16 000 Tutudesk recipients and 500 teachers indicated sharp improvements in multiple areas relating to literacy development and academic performance - 80% of teachers said that learner’s handwriting was easier to read, 77% said that Tutudesk had made learning easier for their students and that they were able to teach more effectively, 76% of teachers advised that Tutudesks had significantly improved the overall learning experience for their pupils and there was an overall 65% improvement in homework delivery.

All Tutudesks are locally produced, supporting local employment. They are made from high-grade material and come with a 6-year guarantee. Each desk weighs less than 1kg and sits on the learner’s lap, providing them with a surface to write on, whether they are sitting on the floor or a chair. Desks have a handle, so they are easy to carry. The material the desk is made from is child safe, made from a mixed polymer that gives it flexibility and ensures that it can’t shatter like other plastics if dropped.

By 2020 the Tutudesk Campaign aims to have provided 20 million desks to 20 million children.

This Youth Day join MySchool on a step in that journey.