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Programme overview
The Rural Education Access Programme (REAP) enables young people from marginalised rural communities in South Africa access to tertiary education. Matriculants from these communities are usually unable to access higher education due to poverty, poor education, lack of information, distance from urban centres or educational hubs, and historical apartheid discrimination...   READ MORE
Programme overview

The Rural Education Access Programme (REAP) enables young people from marginalised rural communities in South Africa access to tertiary education. Matriculants from these communities are usually unable to access higher education due to poverty, poor education, lack of information, distance from urban centres or educational hubs, and historical apartheid discrimination.

REAP meets this essential need in South Africa by carefully selecting rural learners who meet university requirements. In addition, a proven package of support is provided to give them the best possible chance of success. Without this support many of these learners would be unable to fulfill their potential, succeed in their studies, find employment and make a contribution to the development of South Africa . Young men and women are given new hope, not only to escape poverty themselves, but also to uplift their families, through the prospect of further study.
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REAP calls on state mechanisms to assist students. The success of the programme can be ascribed to the holistic support that is offered. Students are assisted through:

REAP has an equitable and efficient selection process which assesses family income, rurality, academic performance and course motivation.

Our developmental approach teaches and encourages students to eventually come to a place of independence where they can face challenges and solve problems on their own. REAP also regularly undertakes research and advocates remedies for inequities that impact our students.

In 2017, REAP is supporting 508 students originating from rural areas across South Africa, enrolled at 16 different Higher Education Institutions in 6 different provinces. Our students are studying a broad range of disciplines at under-graduate level. All REAP students come from families earning less than ZAR122,000 per year before deductions/or gross. We currently have 152 first years on the programme.

ZAR20 000 supports a tertiary student on the programme for one year. If you wish to support a student, contact reception@reap.org.za. If you are a South African Citizen, REAP will send you a tax certificate. You will be acknowledged as a supporter of the Programme on REAP's website and in REAP publications (unless you wish otherwise) and you will receive reports about your student(s)' progress twice a year.

Results

End of 2016 Results
In 2016, REAP had a total of 483 students on the programme of whom 52% were female. 78 (16.1%) Graduated, 214 (44.3%) passed all their courses at the end of the year, a further 110 (22.8%) passed a majority of courses including their major, and another 13 (2.7%) were completing In-Service Training and did not write exams. 47 (9.7%) failed. 18 of these are continuing with REAP and 29 have been Withdrawn. 7 (1.5%) Students withdrew from the REAP programme to continue their studies with other bursary funding and 3 (0.6%) were withdrawn due to Non-Compliance. At the time of writing, results for final results for 11 students (2.3%) had not yet been confirmed, due to deferrals as a result of unrest on campus.

REAP is proud to report that 78 students graduated last year, of whom 55% were female. The largest number achieved qualifications in Science (22%) and Engineering (19%) respectively, closely followed by Education (14%), Commerce (13%). 9% of Students achieved qualifications in the Medical and Management fields, followed by 6% in Humanities and 4% in both Law and Arts respectively.

Twenty Five students completed National Diplomas and 53 were awarded degrees.

REAP funded an additional 31 students on a once-off basis but they were not part of the regular REAP support programme and therefore we have not reported on their results.

Impact

A recent tracking study of our 2001 cohort of students indicated that REAP has had a major impact on the lives of our former students. By giving them an opportunity to further their studies and follow a promising career path, REAP has helped change the social and economic status of many. It seems to be a common trend for graduates to become deeply engaged in helping their extended families, both financially and in other ways, such as acting as role models and symbols of hope to the people around them.

A large percentage of former REAP students have also actively sought to plow back into their communities. It seems the support and encouragement provided by REAP stirs a growing ambition to succeed and a desire to contribute to society.