Our focus

We empower teachers to provide inclusive and effective learning for children.
Thuto brings

19 years’ experience

of investing in education, with a current focus on developing effective pedagogy through teacher internship-based training. Thuto’s Teacher Development Programme incorporates innovation through a full-time structured teaching internship, supplemented by University degree studies, personal leadership development, psycho-social support, and coaching and mentoring.

Our interns have enjoyed a 100% placement record in excellent schools, on completion of the programme. Thuto Trust provides young black people from disadvantaged communities the opportunity to develop into exceptional teachers and to make a positive impact on the learning trajectories of children. We empower teachers to provide inclusive and effective learning for children from diverse socioeconomic and psychosocial circumstances and to promote lifelong learning.


The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a global plan to end poverty, protect the planet, and promote peace by 2030. South Africa is a signatory to the SDG’s, and is therefore committed to meeting these targets by 2030.


The South African Government, through the Department of Basic Education, and the Department of Higher Education has introduced a number of breakthroughs to improve quality and accessibility of education. Great strides have been made such as tremendous improvements in enrolment, and variety of support initiatives to improve access for the poor and excluded communities. However, the road ahead remains challenging and long to achieve quality and inclusive education for all of South Africa’s children.


of South Africa’s youth did not make it to Matric


unemployment is amongst those with only Matric or lower qualification


of South Africa’s youth are unemployed

drop out

Too many of our children fail or drop out of school without realising their potential


South African learners are behind their international counterparts in literacy

South Africa’s Education Systems is ranked 75th out of 76 countries
We need to turn the South African Education System around…

Thuto Trust’s

mission is to create

a positive domino effect in education

We are multiplying the progressive impact that quality education has in low-income communities, through a targeted strategic focus on the development of creative and effective teachers.

Through our innovative focus on teacher development, we are providing thousands of young learners with quality education and a real chance for a brighter future.


Large-Scale Economic Empowerment

Through investing at teacher level, we empower young people to become positive, productive members of society, with a vision of what their future holds.

Good teachers are the catalyst for lifelong learning in young students, and at Thuto Trust we are committed to contributing to that vision.

"There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

Nelson Mandela


Sources: Stats SA, (2018), Children's education and well-being in South Africa, 2018, Education Series Volume VII, Report no. 92-01-07, 1 - 74 Statistics SA Stats SA, (2021), Children exposed to maltreatment, Child Series Volume I, Report No. 92-02-01 Stats SA, (2021), Focus on Schooling 2019, General Household Survey, 6 - 39 Statistics SA