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Tyume Valley Schools

Tyume Valley Schools

Tyume Valley Schools
Improving life chances through education


Children at Studycamp in Tyume Valley, South Africa

Welcome to TVS

Tyume Valley Schools (TVS) is an independent, UK-registered charity working with primary and secondary school teachers and learners in a remote rural area of Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. TVS works in partnership with Eastern Cape Province Education Department.

We raise funds from charitable trusts and supporters in the UK and South Africa so that we can:
  • Provide IT teaching to over 300 primary and secondary school children during 2017.

  • Run a 3-year out-of-school English language programme: during 2017. 4 schools, 50 children and 11 teachers were involved

  • Run residential study camps for 100 primary school children and 25 school leavers each year

  • Support partnerships between UK and Tyume Valley schools

  • Work closely with local and district organisations to ensure local involvement and long-term sustainability.

Over the past 15 years, more than 5,000 children have benefitted from TVS's activities.


"I want to thank TVS for enabling my dreams and always going the extra mile to help kids from underprivileged areas like me. Do continue with the outstanding work you are doing and know that with every initiative or project, it is unlocking a child's potential to be great. "
"I still remember as if it was yesterday when we had our first exciting English lesson at Ncere Zantsi Primary School catered for by TVS. Visitors from the UK would always visit our school and have exciting and fun engagements with us, which encouraged me at a very young age to love education. When I was in Grade 5 TVS started offering computer literacy skills. This was (and still is) an amazing initiative that enabled me at a very young age to become aware of the ever-changing technologically advanced world."

Siya, a Tyume Valley student who gained a BCom degree in Acccounting from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, where he received an outstanding student award.

School leavers success!

For a second year running, Tyume Valley secondary schools have come very close to the national average in the percentage of pupils passing the National School Certificate (Matriculation) exam. The average across Tyume schools was 70% in both 2016 and 2017, compared with a national average of 70% in 2016 and 75% in 2017. Tyume Valley results are now higher than the rest of the Fort Beaufort Educational District, where the average school pass rate was only 50% (2016) and 60% (2017).

When TVS first started working in secondary schools in 2012, the average local school pass rate was only 49% - so last year’s 70% pass rate is a great achievement. Moreover, despite the falling population, the total number of students who passed the exam rose from 155 in 2012 to 193 in 2017. Many congratulations to all our secondary schools and our thanks to all the staff and volunteers who have made this happen!
Read our latest blog
Introducing School Leavers to IT. Click here.
Donate to TVS here
New Patron for TVS
Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, is TVS’ new Patron. Read about Paul here.
Speaking of his new role, Paul said:
"24 years after the end of apartheid, South Africa still faces many challenges in tackling its legacy. I’m delighted to be backing a charity which is providing practical support to schools in rising to the challenge in education."
Read our November 2018 newsletter here.
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