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“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!” Archbishop, Desmond Tutu

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Globally recognised, and in partnership with the United Nations Special Envoy for Education, the Tutudesk provides the answer to the classroom desk shortage crisis experienced in schools in developing countries. Functional literacy – the ability to read and write – is almost impossible to achieve without a dedicated writing surface – a school desk. Over 95 million children in schools across sub-Saharan Africa have no access to a classroom desk and the prospect of compromised literacy development. Tutudesk offers children their very own workstation creating immediate, high impact and positive change in an instant, under any learning conditions. Made from a robust child-friendly blend of polymers, Tutudesk is designed to last the duration of a learner’s school career. At $0.018 per day / over three years, Tutudesk is a unique and portable solution to our most disadvantaged children, offering a sense of worth, dignity and ownership over and above the literacy and academic improvements. The Tutudesk Campaign aims to deliver at least 20million Tutudesks to leaners by 2025. With over 1,5million desks already in the hands of children and more than 3,000 school handovers conducted, Tutudesk is a proven solution to a literacy development and general infrastructure crisis. Tutudesk directly addresses Donor requirements in the following ways:


  • Sustainability (long product lifespan, international developing country relevance)
  • Portability (for use at home and school)
  • Low cost (fractional cost when compared to traditional furniture, incl. distribution, durability, functionality etc.)
  • Speed to market / Scalability
  • Effectiveness and Relevance, relative to intended usage environment

The Tutudesk Campaign operates with a set of goal-orientated solutions including:

  • The provision of infrastructure to established, but under-resourced education systems
  • The provision of infrastructure to areas experiencing overcrowded or stressed education structures
  • The provision of portable infrastructure to children in nomadic or displaced environments
  • The immediate provision of infrastructure to children in extraordinary circumstances, set on by conflict and natural disaster, to assist in creating a safer environment

Imprinting on the Tutudesk supports:

  • Literacy and appropriate age education development
  • Health, safety, equality and human rights education
  • Environmental care information



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Tutudesk immediately improves the educational experience and learning conditions and outcomes for child beneficiaries. Independent research shows learning and teachings improvements ranging from 62% to 80% in:

  • Handwriting
  • Learner Experience
  • Classwork and Homework
  • Teaching
  • Classroom Situation
Post-Intervention quotes from Tutudesk Beneficiaries*: * Independent Research Study During 2012 conducted in South Africa
Marks are higher because of improved handwriting” T Mbily, Teacher Grade 3 “As a learning aid, the information on the Tutudesk is always within reach” M Santu, Teacher Grade 5 The greatest benefit is making individual teaching much easier” Rachel, Teacher, Grade 5 “Classroom learning has changed by creating more individual space” Lebo, Teacher, Grade 3 “The learners are doing their homework, now that they have something to write on” M Kubeka, Teacher, Grade 4 “It was so much help, it even improved our time management” Tumi, Teacher, Grade 6 “They all come to school because there are no shortages of desks” Miss Molokome, Teacher, Grade 7




Tutudesk is uniquely positioned to assist donor organisations and development agencies globally, with specific reference to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Tutudesk is the able to assist directly and indirectly with 6 of the 17 SDGs:

SDG 4: Quality Education

Tutudesk Provision: Continuing the provision of a dedicated writing surface to children in developing and poor regions supporting literacy development and instant education infrastructure

SDG 5: Gender Equality

Tutudesk imprinted messaging: Education of girls and women’s rights imprinted on the surface of the Tutudesk

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Tutudesk provision: “Education is not simply a moral imperative—it is the smart choice. Every dollar invested generates US$ 10 to US$ 15 in returns” – UN Education First

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

Tutudesk Provision: “A 0.1% increase in a country’s education quality can, over 40 years, raise its per capita income by 23%” – The Global Partnership for Education -2015

SDG 13: Climate Action

Tutudesk imprinted messaging: Responsible environmental care education printed on the surface of the Tutudesk

SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals

Tutudesk Provision through Partnerships and Networks: “A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. …a shared vision, and shared goals that place people and the planet at the centre, are needed at the global, regional, national and local level.” – United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – 2015




In any conflict, disaster or displacement (refugee) situation, the need for children to be contained in a safe environment cannot be understated. The creation of a school environment under these circumstances is the quickest way to establish normalcy under difficult circumstances. The Tutudesk also offers a “stock item” that can be manufactured and kept in holding in anticipation of disaster occurrences and related interventions.  In times of natural disaster or conflict response time is paramount and funding limited. In context of providing children with a safe, effective learning environment the ‘traditional’ classroom desk is impractical and insufficiently durable to be deployed or withstand these circumstances for any amount of time. Pragmatic innovation is key relative to such circumstances – the Tutudesk can be used outdoors, in tents or any other environment available for children to experience the normalcy of schooling under extra-ordinary circumstances. As an innovative, high impact and demonstrably effective approach, the Tutudesk has proven over and over again that it is the solution to creating an instant classroom, with associated benefits – immediately and significantly uplifting the educational experience in under-resourced classrooms or learning environments. Classrooms are also far easier to organise when the Tutudesk is used, and allows for educators to monitor work and keep discipline far more effectively.




Our focus on sub-Saharan Africa is to provide Tutudesks to schools with a shortage of greater than 35%. We are able to work with Donors who focus on particular regions in line with your specific goals and expected outcomes.