R2L Challenge 2017

Right 2 Learn Challenge 

Project Overview

Raise funds for poor academically deserving students, stimulating conversation about access to higher education. A movement by students for students.

The Goal

Right to Learn (R2L) Challenge is a 8-day cycle tour from the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein to Cape Town to raise funds for academically talented students who cannot afford university fees. The challenge aims to raise over R2 million, which will give access to 1 000 students by paying for their registration fees.

The Need

The first and most difficult milestone in a student’s life is being able to register; most students are deprived access in this stage due to financial constraints. The majority of these students are indigent students and, as such, qualify for the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS, however due to the high volumes of applications and inefficiencies in the scheme’s systems, they are not funded on time. By the time of university registration, they have not received a response from the scheme and when they receive the response, often granting the funding, they have already missed the university registration deadline.

The Solution

Through this type of registration intervention, the university has been able to register 2 290 in 2014, 2 265 in 2015, 4 069 in 2016, and 5 183 students in 2017. These are students who would have had to go home without the opportunity to register or study. On top of the general increase in the number of these students, through the tour alone we can add 1 000 more families to these numbers for 2018.

Why we need to act

Education is a national priority and has a direct or indirect bearing on every citizen. The current calls for a free and quality education by the South African student population are legitimate and merely manifest the pain that has been suffered by our students and their families, particularly the poor.

Poverty is also a national crisis, and the best attempt to its eradication is education, a basic right which many have been deprived of due to their socio-economic background.

The subject of access to higher education should equally be a national one. Through the tour, we want to engage every stakeholder of society behind this subject. Currently, government’s investment in higher education as a ratio of total GDP is 0.71%.

The bilateral implication of this is that one, government needs to, as a matter of urgency, stimulate its total spending towards higher education; secondly, that there needs to be a collective nationwide approach.

Through this challenge, we plead the support of every member of society, let us partner in educating just one more student, one more family, and ultimately the nation.

To give to the Right 2 Learn campaign, please use the methods provided below. All donations are tax deductible in terms of South African income tax legislation.

1. Make a secure online payment here

Your donation can be in ZAR or any other major currency.  The online platform GivenGain makes no profit from your donation but deducts a 5% administration fee and the usual bank charges. See GivenGain transaction fees here.

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2. For an EFT transaction, please use the following bank details:

Account Number:1570850721
Branch Code:632005
Account Type:Cheque
Reference:RTL and Initial/s and surname (as on identity document) or donor/student number
Send the proof of payment to Rinda Duraan at duraanmj@ufs.ac.za

3. Debit Order: Download the RTL Debit order 2017, complete and email it to: Rinda Duraan