Photo: Timbercity Operations Managers Clint Rautenbach (left) and Johnn Van Schalkwyk with learners from Inkhayneti Primary School, who received their Tutudesks from the company last week.
For 1500 learners at Inkhanyeti and Legogoto Primary schools in White River, Mpumulanga, the experience of learning is changing for the better, thanks to Timbercity and Tutudesks.
“Before Timbercity became involved, over 50% of the learners at these schools were forced to conduct their lessons by writing on their laps, on the floor or even using each other’s backs for support,” said Shane Immelman, Founder & COO of Tutudesk.
Tutudesks are an initiative of the Tutu Desk Foundation, which aims to provide 20 million desks to learners by 2020. The Timbercity Tutudesks desks are sturdy, easily portable, and a life changing solution for learners in under resourced schools.
"When we heard about the need at the schools, we were happy to be part of the solution," said Murishca Martheze, Brand Manager of Timbercity. “It fits in perfectly with our Wood for Good CSI programme, and also gives us the opportunity to introduce a younger audience to our beloved mascot, Chippies.”
Johann who is a Regional Operations Manager and Clint,the Store Operator from Timbercity stores in the area attended the handover and determined other additional needs that the schools have so that they can deliver even more.
“If there is any way we can help with carpentry or basic renovation projects, using the products we have in our stores, we would be happy to do that,” Martheze said. “We are passionate about making an impact in the communities we serve, so we are looking forward to reach even more children in need through our Wood for Good programme.”
Rose Allie, principal of Inkhanyeti Primary, said that the children are really excited about their new desks. “Many of our children do not even have classrooms, so these Tutudesks from Timbercity will really make a big difference to them. It is very hard to learn to write when you have no firm surface to work on. We are very grateful,” she said.
“Due to the type of work we do at The Desmond Tutu Tutudesk Campaign Centre we have established many enduring and important relationships with our supporters and we are really looking forward to doing the same with Timber City into the future - in the interests of our most disenfranchised learners throughout South Africa,” Immelman said “Thank you Timber City, we are deeply grateful for your commitment to the future development and upliftment of our children’s education experience.”