Student Forward Program
- By: Tsebo Mphuthi
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/student-forward-program
- Date Created: 20 October 2023
R 500 000
The higher education system grapples with two significant challenges: timely qualification completion and soaring dropout rates. These issues stem from the dearth of financial and holistic support available to students. In particular, individuals from middle-income backgrounds often find themselves in a perplexing situation, where they are deemed too affluent for traditional bursaries yet too financially constrained to afford tertiary education.
In response to these pressing issues, the Education Empowerment and Development Fund (EEDF) was established. Our pioneering initiative, the Student Forward Program, seeks to revolutionize the lives of numerous students by dismantling financial barriers and equipping them to excel at the tertiary level. The benefits of this program extend beyond the students themselves, as it alleviates the burden on the higher education sector, allowing it to address these challenges more effectively.
We invite you to join us in this endeavor and contribute to the development of the future's employable leaders. By doing so, we aim to reduce high unemployment rates, mitigate student funding challenges, and ensure on-time qualification completion. Your support, even as little as R10, will bring us one step closer to this solution.
Our campaign will run from its launch until February 1, 2024, with the following objectives:
- Augment graduation rates, showcasing outstanding academic achievements.
- Generate graduates primed for successful employment upon program completion.
- Expand opportunities for deserving students to access tertiary education.
- Reduce student dropout rates through our comprehensive non-financial assistance and support.
To implement this program effectively, we anticipate the following costs:
- Estimated Cost per Student (Subject to confirmation): R185,000. This encompasses both financial and comprehensive non-financial support.
- Monthly Estimated Cost for Tutor Partner (Goodie Tutors): R100,000.
- Mentor training workshops annually: R30,000.
These costs will ensure the smooth operation of the program, including administrative expenses. Your contribution will play a crucial role in making these objectives a reality and transforming the lives of countless students.
Education Empowerment and Development Fund
Education Empowerment & Development Fund is a non-profit organization founded to address the issue of student funding that is specifically experienced by those from poor and middle-class backgrounds and address the issue of drop-out rates & on-time completion of qualifications.
EEDF has developed a flagship program called the EEDF Student Forward Program, which aligns with EEDF’s vision & mission of empowering students from poor & middle-class backgrounds through financial aid & comprehensive non-financial support, including mentorship and academic & mental health support.