Corporate social responsibility

Local school receives 200 TutuDesks

Young scholars from the Protea Primary School in the Bonteheuwel community were overwhelmed with joy as they received a generous donation of 200 TutuDesks from Grant Thornton International.

With over 90 million children in Africa without a writing surface at schools and over 400 million children worldwide, the TutuDesk Campaign aims to provide disadvantaged schools with instant infrastructure provision for children, in the form of flat structures to rest on scholars’ laps. The TutuDesks also provide a far greater reach in a shorter time for funds invested by donors. Without a writing surface, students will be compromised at their places of learning.

The 200 TutuDesks donated to the Protea Primary School forms part of Grant Thornton’s focus of promoting education within underprivileged areas. Funds were raised at Grant Thornton International’s 2010 conference which was attended by over 500 partners and staff from around the world, who all donated generously to the CSI element of the proceedings. Grant Thornton South Africa is the 5th largest audit firm in South Africa by fee income (according to the October 2011 International Accounting Bulletin).

In the next five years, the TutuDesk Campaign endeavours to provide a further 20 million TutuDesks to significantly improve learning conditions for children in Africa.

The 200 TutuDesks were handed over to the staff and pupils of Protea Primary School on 5 December 2011.

Neil Miller, joint managing partner of Grant Thornton Cape said: “We at Grant Thornton believe that the upliftment of communities starts with education – we are committed to showing our unyielding support in promoting education within underprivileged communities.”

Neil Miller concluded the handover adding that Grant Thornton has more donations in the pipeline, which further substantiates its commitment to supporting education in underprivileged areas on an ongoing basis.

The Protea Primary School’s staff were exceptionally grateful to receive such indispensable teaching tools and said that this donation would encourage the school’s pupils to do their school work in the classroom as well as at home.

Photographs from the handover