Thanks to our amazing community we have been able to secure 3.1 million Rand towards the #CapTheGap Relief Fund, a response to the challenges caused by COVID-19 in the Higher Education sector. Launched on 29 May 2020, the fund aims to raise a total of 6.6 Million Rand to equip final year and postgraduate university students with laptops and data to make online learning more accessible during lockdown.
The #CapTheGap Relief Fund is powered by you and our amazing partners. To date, R609 000 has been donated by individuals, one such individual, Glenda Aphane stated that she donated because she believes that, "education should be accessible for all, even during a global pandemic."
The amount of 2 million Rand was put forward by Standard Bank. Funeka Montjane, Standard Bank CEO of Personal and Business Banking South Africa says, “Initiatives such as Feenix are integral to ensuring that those who want an education and have qualified for one are not precluded from doing so as a result of funding. It is an innovative way of ensuring that many young South Africans can fulfil their potential.”
Key to this relief fund is ensuring that the resources are securely and safely given to the identified students who have shown commitment and determination in their educational journeys and will be among the first to enter and build South Africa’s economy post-COVID-19. So Feenix is delighted to have Van Schaik Bookstores, with a footprint of close to 80 branches countrywide, onboard to source and distribute the devices and data to the relevant students. Click here to read more about our partnership with Van Schaik Bookstores.
We are working closely with universities to identify the students who would benefit from the fund and have since started distributing to students that were earmarked as recipients. The requirements by students vary, as some students need a laptop only, while others require internet data. Thanks to our partners 196 students across South Africa have already received their equipment, data and/or food vouchers.
We are currently in communication with the next 98 students who will receive resources in our next distribution run.
We are nearing the halfway mark, having just reached 3.1 million Rand! We are now calling for more partners and individuals to join us to ensure we break down the digital barriers that exist, so that everyone has equal opportunities to succeed and ultimately finish their academic year.