Tyume Valley Schools - South Africa
£175 raised
6% of £3k goal
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4 Years running
Tyume Valley Schools (TVS) is a voluntary organisation working to change South African children's lives through education. We want to get out there to teach English, as this is affecting their educational development!

Tyume Valley Schools (TVS) is a voluntary organisation working to change South African children's lives through education. TVS volunteers work with schools in the Tyume Valley area of the Eastern Cape, helping them to improve teaching and learning and to open doors to future opportunities.

Tyume Valley Schools

It is now around twenty years since the end of apartheid in South Africa, but the legacy of the Bantu Education Act lives on in the form of badly maintained schools, lack of resources, untrained teachers and low educational achievement. We work with around 35 rural schools and provide support in the form of resources and training, supplementary subject tuition and extra-curricular activities.

English Lessons

TVS was inspired by Archie Sebeko (also known as Zola Zembe). Archie was born in Tyume Valley and now lives in Tynemouth. He distinguished himself in the struggle against apartheid and was awarded the Order of Luthuli in Silver by President Thabo Mbeki.

“I was born and bred in the Tyume valley and went to Kwezana school, which was then based in the church. When I was able to go back to South Africa after 1990, I took my wife to Tyume to see where I had come from and meet my relatives. There was now a school building, but not much else had changed in over 40 years. The building had mud floors, no ceiling and no water supply. There was no electricity in the classrooms. There were no books, posters on the walls, art materials, sports equipment or musical instruments. The children were delightful, well behaved and could sing, but they were still getting ‘Bantu education’, the rote learning suitable for the hewers of wood and drawers of water that the apartheid regime had intended them to be.

A Tyume Valley School Group


Tyume Valley's pupils come from a wide range of linguistic backgrounds where many of them speak English as a second language. However, since the South African government has decided that English is to be the primary language it has caused many problems with the education system. ALL LESSONS ARE TAUGHT IN ENGLISH!!!! As well as textbooks being written in English. What this means is that pupils are bearly able to read the books and comprehend what they are being taught, which jades their learning and understanding. This means that many children will not be able to succeed in their education, even if they are bright. There is a sense of irony as these children will have little hope of studying at Fort Hare Univerisity, where Nelson Mandela studied, which is located in Tyume Valley and all because of a basic language barrier. 

A Music Lesson


Me along with 3 other experienced teachers from London have planned a visit for a week (Feburary 14th to 22nd) to run workshops aiming to improve the english skills of Tyume Valley School children. But for us to be able to get out there we need some funding for travel as well as funding for the schools itself, where there are no ceilings/windows or suitable equipment, such as outdated reading and textbooks. 

We will be involved in many fundraising events (such as one teacher cycling the M25 in 25 hours) and any contributions from anyone will go a long way in improving the education and lives of those who are struggling to be their best all because of the language barrier!

No Windows In The School!

Here is the Website for more information about Tyume Valley


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