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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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REAP produces 116 new graduates in 2014


2013 Annual Report REAP is delighted to announce that 116 of our students (64 females & 52 males) successfully completed their studies and will proceed to graduation. This is by far the highest number of REAP graduates in a single year and we extend congratulations to each and every one of them!.....READ MORE

REAP welcomes 126 new students in 2015

Adventure on Marion IslandFollowing a rigorous selection process, REAP is delighted to announce that 126 new first year students have been accepted on to the programme in 2015. These students were recruited by REAP volunteers and partners from rural schools in 8 provinces. All REAP first year students attended.... READ MORE

REAP/SACBC response to student crisis

The Department of Social Action (DSA) of the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) unequivocally believes that no academically worthy young South African should be denied the opportunity to study at higher education level because of their financial situation, or that of their family. This is critical both as a matter of justice to redress the consequences of apartheid, but also .....READ MORE

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We are proud to present our latest Annual Report.