Despite economic and financial support for tertiary bursary holders, intangible factors could still prove to be the stumbling block for even the brightest students in their tertiary careers.
The FNB Fund, along with various tertiary bursary beneficiaries have identified that even though many young South Africans from poor rural areas successfully complete their schooling careers and receive financial backing for tertiary studies, many might still fall off the tracks and have their success hampered by social and psychological barriers.
“There are definite socio-cultural factors which may prevent students from being adequately prepared for and able to participate effectively in, tertiary studies.
The answer, therefore, is to provide a more holistic solution for these students. There are many bright students out there, but if they don’t have food in their stomachs or safe and suitable accommodation, it becomes very difficult to learn,” says Lorraine Gumede, Regional Manager of The Rural Education Access Programme (REAP).
Most of REAP’s bursary holders are first generation students.
So the transition to university is an enormous leap across economic, social and racial barriers.
REAP’s programme is built on personalised attention designed to facilitate the transition from home; school to university, from rural to urban life, and early adulthood.
The ultimate goal is to facilitate academic success and personal growth by developing students’ independence and capacity to take care of themselves.
REAP together with the FNB Fund understands the importance of integrated support systems that will provide a coherent support network and thus maximise students’ chances of success,” concludes Gumede.
REAP assists students from poor rural areas across all nine provinces of South Africa to access tertiary education and provides information, resources and referrals to grade 11 & 12 learners in rural schools.
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