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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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Employability Research Project


We are pleased to publish a detailed study, funded by JP Morgan, and conducted by Dr. Andrew Hartnack into the experience of REAP graduates in finding employment and navigating life in the workplace. We know that the gap between higher education and the workplace remains a wide one for many.....READ MORE

REAP turns 15

As a way of commemorating 15 years of operation, REAP held symposia in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban during the month of October. These events engaged with three important pieces of research related to REAP's work, which addressed student support in the higher education sector and graduate employment.... READ MORE

REAP’s response to student protests

REAP recognises and supports the right of students to protest and activate vigorously for improved access to higher education and genuine institutional transformation. However this should be carried out respectfully and peacefully without resort to violence, wilful damage to property and infringement on the legitimate rights of other....READ MORE