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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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Absa & REAP join hands

We are delighted to announce a significant new funding partnership with Absa. Youth are the main focus of Absa’s latest Corporate Social Investment strategy, and the promotion of life skills a key component of that.

Absa have committed substantial funds to support REAP’s mentoring, camping, workshop and life skills training activities for students enrolled at campuses in Gauteng, Free State & North West... READ MORE

Be Prepared!

The REAP Early Recruitment Pilot Project
With the generous support of JP Morgan Chase, REAP has recently completed an 18 month long pilot project, funded by JP Morgan, exploring ways of improving general preparation for our target group in the Eastern Cape and Kwa Zulu Natal. REAP has long been aware of the negative impact poor preparation has on the first year of tertiary studies.
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2012 Annual Report

REAP is proud to announce the release of the 2012 Annual Report. 2012 was an eventful, exciting but also challenging and, at times, stressful year for REAP.

It was marked by significant growth (35%) in student numbers, the opening of a Regional Office in Durban, several new staff members joining the team, important new programme innovations and ...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