Tyume Valley Schools, Eastern Cape, South Africa 


Tyume Valley Schools

Registered Charity Number 1103909


Children at Studycamp in Tyume Valley, South Africa

Welcome to TVS

Tyume Valley Schools (TVS) is a UK-based charity. Our vision is to improve the lives of children living in the Tyume Valley area of Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. We work with local schools to improve teaching and learning and open doors to future opportunities. Although more than twenty years since the end of apartheid, the legacy lives on in the form of badly maintained schools, lack of resources, poorly trained teachers and low educational achievement. This disadvantage is increased by the high unemployment and poor infrastructure in the rural Tyume Valley, which is about 120 km from the nearest airport in East London and 60km from King Williams Town, the nearest large town.

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What do we do?

  • We support a volunteer, Vicky Riley, in Tyume Valley. Vicky liaises with the Tyume Valley schools and oversees all TVS’ activities on a day-to-day basis.

  • We work with Tyume's rural schools and provide support in the form of resources and training, supplementary subject tuition and extra-curricular activities. Teacher training is an essential element of everything that we do. Our volunteers aim to help and support local teachers to learn new methods and develop best practice. We have equipped a Resource centre with books, computers and other resources.

  • We provide IT teaching to over 300 primary and secondary school children

  • We run an English language programme in 8 primary schools, involving 50 children each year.

  • We run regular Study camps at nearby Hobbiton Outdoor Activity Centre, Hogsback. Some 100 children from the Tyume Valley attend these camps every year.

  • We assist schools in setting up partnerships with UK schools and enabled teacher exchanges between Tyume schools and those partner schools. To read more about our Schools' Partnership programme, click here.

  • Click here for the February 2017 Newsletter.
Latest News.

TVS’ Honorary President receives prestigious award
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TVS Annual Report 2015/6 2016-17 Annual Report.
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 Are you a teacher or school governor?
Are you a teacher or school governor? TVS can help you set up a Partnership with ​a Tyume Valley school.

Growing up in a Xhosa Village   Growing up in Tyume Valley – new book available
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