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Pay it forward - Donaé Loggenberg

Pay it forward - Donaé Loggenberg

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I am a 25-year-old woman from East London in the Eastern Cape. I completed my degree(s) in BA Language Practice at the University of the Free State from 2015-2019. 

I joined CRET in the final year of my undergraduate degree (2018). Being raised by a single mother meant that bursary would mean more than just having my fees paid. 

It meant that my mother did not have to stress about how she would pay my tuition and meet all my other needs - and this meant more than anything to me.

I have now completed my studies, and I am currently working as a Freelance Language Editor and Translator based in East London. 

My journey, post-graduation, was not easy. Unemployment was my reality for a few months after I completed my honours degree. What made this easier to digest was that; I did not have to worry about student debt, and that is all thanks to CRET.

Donating to programmes such as CRET is more than just putting money into a fund and hoping that something comes from it. 

This is an investment into somebody's future. This is for individuals to be the first graduate in their family, and ultimately- have a chance at a better standard of living. 

We often speak of the youth being the future of our country, and programmes such as CRET allow for its recipients' lots to be built on a firm foundation in an excellent tertiary education.

The long-term reward of a programme such as this is having critical access to resources. The foundation stays in contact with alumni via email and updates us on opportunities in different sectors. 

The mentorship programmes are important because individuals who have just entered university often need additional guidance unavailable on campus. 

The mentorship also caters for people who have just entered the job market. This group of individuals often need coaching through their career development.

Help us make an even more significant difference by donating to this cause.

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JOIN OUR ALUMNI AND HELP PAY IT FORWARD!

The Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust’s (CRET) alumni are giving back and paying it forward with an initiative of their own, supporting deserving students just like they were once supported. Now in established careers as a result of the bursary and development support they received from CRET, the alumni have established their own CRET Alumni Fund.

They have contributed and leveraged funding to support three students in university already. Now they have launched a crowdfunding initiative through BackaBuddy to boost the Alumni Fund and to support more students in need.

Donors will be able to make direct donations on CRET’s BackaBuddy page https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/cret . Additionally, each of CRET’s eight alumni will run their own individual sub-campaigns through their social media channels. 

Raising R1 million will help CRET support at least 6 first year students in 2022.

During a bursary support masterclass held in April this year, it was noted that university retention and pass rates in South Africa are low. Research indicates that 33% of students enrolled in a four-year degree will drop out and less than a third of students manage to complete their tertiary education in the minimum allocated time. The loss of and dropout from learning will continue if active citizenship is not part of the solution to mitigate the challenges faced at all levels of learning.

“It is clear that a bursary for tuition alone is not enough, Chantelle Oosthuizen, CRET Executive Director said.” That is the gap the CRET alumni through the BackaBuddy campaign are hoping to close.  They are working on paying it forward by assisting current beneficiaries with more than just tuition funding but ensuring that other developmental areas of their personal lives and academic careers are nurtured so that they successfully complete their studies or training”, she said.  

Join our alumni on its mission to give back by raising funds for others as others did for them!

CRET PROVIDES HOLISTIC SUPPORT

Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust is a partner entity of Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, which implements holistic bursary support and a youth development model. 

CRET implements a holistic bursary support programme that offers students academic and skills development support, career guidance, psycho-social support, soft skills training, and ongoing mentorship to ensure real throughput success.

“This holistic support mitigates the high drop-out rate and guarantees well-rounded graduates who possess key skills to contribute to the economy and society,” Cyril Madiba, Chairperson of CRET’s Alumni Advisory Board said.” “And as this initiative shows,” he added, “CRET also encourages the ethos of ‘giving back’, developing committed civic-minded students.”

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