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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond 2015 TutuDesk Campaign


 

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The Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu 2015 TutuDesk Campaign Centres have been established in Cape Town and Johannesburg under the leadership of Dan Vaughan, Archbishop Tutu’s advisor and Shane Immelman, the founder of The Kommunity Desk Company© and Kommunity Group Projects©.

The Archbishop Tutu 2015 Outreach Campaign (‘the Campaign’) initiative is the culmination of 18 months of research, development and planning, and is the core driver of The Kommunity Desk Company’s work for the next 5 years for the period 2011 to 2015. The Campaign is being personally led by Archbishop Tutu, the objective of which is to provide 20 million South African and African children with special edition Kommunity Desks known as TutuDesks©, by the end of 2015.

The Campaign Centres run independently as a nonprofit organization (Section 21).

Our research, supported by UNESCO reporting, shows a classroom desk shortage of over 90 million desks in Africa, with South Africa experiencing a classroom desk shortage in excess of 3 million desks. The figure of 20 million TutuDesks© provides a critical mass for addressing this challenge turning the corner in literacy development for children in Africa, and in particular, primary school learners.

Through the vast knowledge that we have gained over the years as a result of our work in Basic Education, our experience is that a provision of 20 - 25% of the existing need for writing surfaces has the potential to fundamentally change learning outcomes en masse.

Classroom Desk Shortage Estimates

Country Primaryschool population Secondary school population Total school population Primary pupil: teacher ratio Deskshortage factor Estimated desk shortage
Angola 1 846 330 2 827 923 4 674 253 - 60% 2 804 552  
Benin 1 370 072 1 338 751 2 708 823 47 50% 1 354 412  
Botswana 312 095 225 553 537 648 25% 134 412  
Burkina Faso 2 203 652 2 104 403

4 308 055

47 50% 2 154 028  
Burundi 1 220 785 1 291 091 2 511 876 49 50% 1 255 938  
Cameroon 2 571 272 2 703 712 5 274 984 48 35% 1 846 244  
CentraAfrican Rep. 662 276 667 60 1 329 879 - 45% 598 446  
Chad 1 639 483 1 525 985 3 165 468 63 45% 1 424 461 
Congo (Brazzaville) 681 221 629 079 1 310 300 83 40% 524 120  
Congo (Kinshasa) 9 567 571 7 899 709 17 467 280 34 40% 6 986 912 
Cote d’Ivoire 2 902 268 3 078 054 5 980 322   42 35% 2 093 113  

 

For the complete Desk Shortage list, please click here

www.tutudesk.org

www.kommunitygroup.com

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