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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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New partnerships

REAP is delighted to announce new funding partnerships with Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA), Lafarge Industries, the Lefa la Rona Trust (LLR), Lehumo Women’s Empowerment Trust and Mining Indaba LLC.

Three of these donors – VWSA, LLR & Lehumo, will focus exclusively on students originating from the Eastern Cape. Volkswagen will provide contributions towards REAP’s support programme and direct student costs (meals, books)...READ MORE

Getting it right from the start

Orientation Camps are a very important component of REAP’s mentorship programme. Every year, we host regional camps for all our first year students, who come from rural areas and have to manage huge life transitions as they enter the world of tertiary study.
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REAP says farewell to Beva Runciman

REAP recently honoured retiring founding Board member Beva Runciman with a cocktail function in Cape Town. There were musical contributions and poems from staff, students and Harry Curtis, REAP’s long term external auditor and speeches paying tribute... 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