Rebecca Sweetman

Tutudesk UK

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Name: Rebecca Sweetman
Organization: TutuDesk UK
Website: http://www.tutudesk.org
Title: Executive Director
Bio:
I am setting up the UK arm of the South African charity, Desmond Tutu 2015 Tutudesk Campaign Centre. The aim of the organisation is to provide portable school desks (known as Tutudesks) to children in sub Saharan Africa.   Over 95 million school children in Sub Saharan Africa don’t have the benefit of classroom desks (worldwide, it’s estimated at over 400m). This then directly prejudices the development of the child's literacy and academic performance, as well as affecting their ability to concentrate in class. To date over 1 million desks have been  distributed. TutuDesk’s objective is to distribute a further 20 million desks to 20m children by 2015.   Tutudesk UK will be run as a social enterprise. The main sources of funding are derived from corporates, development agencies and NGOs/philanthropic organisations. In return for funding organisations can imprint the top of the desk with their messaging, whether that is brand of product information connected to a corporate, social messaging, or just purely educational materials.

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Tutudesk UK supports the South African organisation the Desmond Tutu 2015 Tutudesk Campaign Centre. The aim of the organisation is to provide portable school desks, Tutudesks, to children in Sub Saharan Africa where over 95 million school children don't have the benefit of a classroom desk. This affects handwriting, literacy and overall academic performance.

Tutudesk UK supports The Desmond Tutu 2015 Tutudesk Campaign Centre in its ambition to provide 20m school desks to 20m children.

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