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The Rural Education Access Programme (REAP) assists students from poor rural areas across all 9 provinces of South Africa ...
... to access and succeed in tertiary education. REAP provides information, resources and referrals to grade 11 & 12 learners in rural schools and calls on state mechanisms such as the National Skills Fund (NSF) and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme ...   READ MORE
The Rural Education Access Programme (REAP) assists students from poor rural areas across all 9 provinces of South Africa

Each year, thousands of young South Africans from poor rural areas find themselves trapped in a cycle of unemployment and poverty as they successfully complete their schooling but are limited from going any further, due to a lack of information, career guidance, opportunities and funding. The participation rate in tertiary education for black and coloured young people aged 20-24 is still only 12%. For every 3 black students that commence a tertiary education course in South Africa, only one ever completes. The problem is even worse for students from rural areas.

In an attempt to eradicate poverty and empower young people to improve the quality of their lives, the Rural Education Access Programme (REAP) assists students from poor rural areas across all 9 provinces of South Africa to access tertiary education. REAP provides information, resources and referrals to grade 11 & 12 learners in rural schools and calls on state mechanisms such as the National Skills Fund (NSF) and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to provide full cost bursaries as well as subsidised student loans. Our network of recruitment volunteers offer career information to learners and guide them through the various application processes. REAP provides students with a structured support and development programme to facilitate success in their studies.
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2013 Annual Report


2013 Annual Report REAP is proud to announce the release of our latest Annual Report. We had 527 students on our programme in 2013, of whom 52 graduated with Degrees and National Diplomas from a total of 16 Higher Education Institutions.  An overall success rate of 84% for the full cohort of students... READ MORE

Adventure on Marion Island

Adventure on Marion IslandREAP Graduate, Alexis Osborne is a truly inspirational example of how a chance to study can transform a life and open unusual and even “icy cold” but exciting doors of opportunity. Alexis is currently on a 14-month research expedition on the sub-antarctic “Marion Island.” ... READ MORE

Introducing REAP’s Alumni Programme

Introducing REAP’s Alumni ProgrammeDuring the month of June, REAP went on an intensive search for past graduates, as we have been wanting to develop an alumni association for some time now. With the assistance of two interns, sourced from our student cohort, we managed to track down approximately 220 alumni via social networks... READ MORE

Announcement:

The application closing date for consideration to be registered on the REAP Programme has CHANGED. Applicants must apply by 31 January each year ... READ MORE