In a release outlining discussed matters in the federal Cabinet; it was revealed that the Recognizing Everyone’s Ability to Climbing Higher (REACH) program was on August 22, 2016, approved to be reinstated under its new name SAFE and modified policies.
The REACH program was initiated under the Labour Administration, funded through the SIDF, in an effort to provide students entering tertiary level education with some financial assistance.
When Team Unity took office after the February 2015 elections, the program came to a halt with officials stating that it would be revisited and restructured.
After almost a year, the program is now back on stream, with a few new guidelines. Perhaps the biggest change is that the program has been taken from the perview of the SIDF and has been extablished within Government, given a new name and with a social needs context being applied.
Students attending the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) and AVEC (Advanced Vocational Education Centre) students are being encouraged to apply.
The release states, “Students will be awarded on a needs basis based on criteria established by the Department of Social Services. The application form should be sent to the Department of Community Development.”
Successful applicants will have their costs of registration, books and exam fees covered, in addition to a monthly stipend of EC$250.00 to cover lunch and ground transportation.
Students who have commendable performances in the following subject areas; English, French, Spanish, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, will be recipients of the annual incentive allowance of EC $1000.00. A Grade One or Two in these areas must be attained.
The release also outlined that the students who receive the grants will have to perform four hours of voluntary service per month, which will be supervised by the Department of Youth Empowerment.