In celebration of Youth Day 2014, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet has partnered with the Tutudesk Campaign to raise over R280 000 to provide at least 2 000 learners in South Africa with lap desks. From 13 to 16 June, MySchool will donate R1, over and above the donation to the cardholder’s chosen beneficiary, every time they swipe their MySchool card at Woolworths, Waltons, Toys R Us, Reggie’s, kalahari.com and Engen Foodstops.
Archbishop, Desmond Tutu, the campaign’s official patron, says: ‘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!’
According to an impact study done in 2012 covering 16 000 Tutudesk recipients, 80% of teachers said that learners’ handwriting was easier to read and there was a 65% improvement in homework delivery. Teachers also noted that 72% of learners were able to write more during a lesson, 69% showed improved concentration and 76% of learners were more motivated after receiving and using their own portable lap desk. Learners are also allowed to take their lap desks home every day, making it easier for them to do their homework.
All Tutudesks are locally produced, supporting local employment. 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. By joining MySchool before 13 June, you can take a step in that journey.