If you swipe your Woolworths MySchool card from Saturday, this is what will happen

June 11, 2015

From Saturday to Tuesday (June 13 to 16), every time you swipe your Woolworths MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card is swiped, an extra R1 (ie an additional R1 over and above what goes to your chosen beneficiary), will be donated to the Tutudesk campaign.

The Tutudesk project gives learners in disadvantaged schools the absolute basic yet critical learning tool – a desk, and so far they’ve already helped 1.3 million learners in 24 African countries.

I’m sure most of us are used to comfortably working on our laptops or browsing the internet with our devices on our laps, but imagine you’re in a formal work or learning situation, and you have nothing to lean on, or put your papers, books and stationery on.

It makes a massive difference, and in research done on Tutudesk recipients, 80% of teachers said that learners’ 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.

Each time you swipe your card at a Woolworths, you’ll be helping learners work and perform better, and at absolutely no extra cost to you (this is one of those initiatives where you don’t have to pay to join, or buy a certain amount of goods before money is donated to your recipients). If you don’t have a card, you can apply for one here.



More Tutudesk info

  • 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 for the last few years.
  • To date the Tutudesk Campaign has assisted more than 1,4 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, is the Tutudesk campaign’s official patron.
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu quote: “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!”
  • 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.
  • 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.



Swipe MySchool card for Tutudesk campaign 

  • For Youth Day 2015, MySchool is aiming to raise R350 000-00 for 2 500 lap desks.
  • Every time a MySchool card is swiped at a participating retailers R1 will be donated towards the Desmond Tutu Tutudesk Campaign.
  • The participating retailers are Woolworths, Waltons, Toys R Us, Reggie’s and EngenFoodstops
  • The campaign is running from the 13th to 16th June (4 days – Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Tuesday)
  • The R1 donation will be made over and above the contribution already made towards the cardholder’s selected beneficiary.
  • By 2020 the Tutudesk Campaign aims to have provided 20 million desks to 20 million children.
  • To sign up for a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card go to: https://www.myschool.co.za/supporter/apply/


Tutu Desk 5_1


More about MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet

  • The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme is one of South Africa’s biggest community support programmes.
  • They raise essential funds for schools, charities and environmental organisations through a system that encourages cardholders to swipe their card at our retail partners, who will donate a percentage of your purchase value to the beneficiary of your choice.
  • The system allows cardholders to make a difference to a worthy cause without it costing them a cent.
  • The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet programme raises more than R3 million per month for the schools.
  • More than 700 000 South Africans carry MySchool cards.
  • Supporters apply for a free MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card and can select up to 3 schools and/or charities as their beneficiary/ies.
  • When they purchase items from participating retailers they swipe the card with the purchase.
  • A small percentage of their transaction is then allocated to their beneficiary school or charity.
  • All these transactions are recorded and a statement is sent to individual supporters on a monthly basis.
  • The supporter card is not a credit or debit card but simply tracks transactions and funds raised.



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