Apr 28, 2020 • 9M

Desmond Tutu Tutudesk Campaign CEO Discusses Developmental Issues ie School Renovation and Literacy

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#plugintodevin Show - Devin Thorpe for Congress Guest: Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe Issue: Currently I would guess the spread and impact of Covid19 infections and the impact on our lives and the devastating impact on our economy and all that flows from that. Also what will life be like post our country lockdown. Mainly just socially and the curtailment of ones ability to move around at will and as we know it. We can still go to the shops and put food on the table which is not the case for many people in our poorer communities. However as the schools are closed countrywide we cannot continue to do our work of handing out Tutudesks from the Desmond Tutu Tutudesk Campaign to learners at schools where they are needed so badly. A lot will need to be done to uplift and protect our poorer communities and the homeless. It cannot be just trying to get back to business as usual. This virus has highlighted what an unequal society South Africa is. There have had to be donations of food parcels but also some rioting and looting of grocery stores and supermarkets in some areas. I think there will be a greater need for the services of organizations such as ourselves the Tutudesk Campaign. Bio: Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe is the CEO of the Desmond Tutu Tutudesk Campaign Centre (DTTCC). It addresses the 95 million desk shortage in sub-Saharan Africa, by aiming to provide 20 million of these environmentally friendly, portable Tutudesks by 2025. Thus positively enhancing the lives of African children, their communities and countries and making Africa a more globally competitive continent through improved literacy and education. Ms Tutu-Gxashe has been educated and worked in the UK, Swaziland, Botswana and the USA. She is passionate about education and public health, especially the fight against HIV/AIDS, and improving the health and education experiences of young people, thus promoting global peace and justice.She received several fellowships whilst completing her MPH at Emory University, Atlanta, These included from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Cancer Society, the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, the South East AIDS Training Center & the Dekalb County Board of Health. Much of her working life has been in clinical research both in the USA and in South Africa. She undertakes public speaking at universities, schools and community groups both locally & internationally. Thandeka has served on the Boards of several foundations and non-profit organizations. She is currently on the Board of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, HPSA (formerly Heifer International (South Africa)) and the Foundation for Sport, Development and Peace. She was named one of the global 100 real leaders by Real Leaders Magazine. Ms Tutu-Gxashe is the eldest daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu & Nomalizo Leah Tutu. She and her husband reside in Cape Town, South Africa and have one son. Website: https://tutudesk.org/ Linkedin: LinkedIn.com/in/thandeka -tutu-gxashe Photo credit: *|Photo Credit|* #plugintodevin #UtahValues #BoldSolutions #UTpol