Teacher Development

Thuto Teacher Development (TTD) is strategically geared to addressing the shortage of teachers in South Africa.

A Thuto Trust bursary covers tuition fees, accommodation, textbooks and provides a living allowance for students who fulfil our criteria for the duration of their university studies. We support highly motivated and tenacious students with a passion for teaching and a will to succeed, simply by giving them the means to do so. The students then do the rest. We make them accountable for their own destinies and the lives they are set to change through teaching.


We are addressing the education crisis head-on 

 How to get involved

We provide a full Teacher Development Bursary for: 


Our detailed selection process 

Thuto’s bursary participant recruitment, screening and selection process is critical. It includes:

  • Determination of participant’s suitability for the teaching profession
  • Determination of candidate’s leadership potential
  • Assessment of emotional intelligence
  • Special needs assessments and development of optimum interventions
  • Design of support programme: mentorships, coaching and on-the-job training programmes


Not just teachers but leaders

Through participation in the Thuto Impact Programme, all teacher interns are also provided with key enabling elements:

  • Relevant psycho-social support tailored to each participant, with emphasis on self-mastery as well as life skills, leadership, workplace readiness, financial management and career guidance and management. One-on-one mentoring of students and role model presentations
  • Provision of student accommodation-based activities that extend the psycho-social development aspect, in collaboration with the partner high schools, to promote intern networking
  • Partnership and training with creative, best practice educationists

Find out more about our Teacher Development Bursaries

Advanced career support

Our Teacher Development Programme is complemented by on-the-job training in partner schools. Thuto Trust also aims to work with the Department of Basic Education to facilitate full-time teaching opportunities for bursary recipients in public schools on completion of the programme (preferably in their own communities).