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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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J.P. Morgan supports an exciting new employability project


2013 Annual Report REAP is excited to announce renewed partnership with JP Morgan Chase Foundation focused around the theme of employability. In addition to facilitating access to higher education for rural youth from low income.....READ MORE

REAP’s 2015 Graduates and 2016 First Years

Adventure on Marion IslandREAP is delighted to announce that 100 of our students (50 females & 50 males) successfully completed their studies and will proceed to graduation. REAP extends our hearty congratulations to each and every graduate and we celebrate with them and their families..... 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