The main purpose of the 100 UP programme is to better prepare academically gifted Khayelitsha learners to compete for places at UCT, and other HEIs (Higher Education Institutions), once they have completed their Matric studies. A key feature of the programme is the retention of equal numbers of learners from each of the twenty high schools in Khayelitsha.  Five learners per school are chosen and are developed to advance “up and beyond”.  100-UP learners are selected in Grade 10 and continue in the programme until the end of their Grade 12 school year.

The impoverished Mitchells Plain township, which borders the Khayelitsha community, is also included and academically strong Grade 12 learners from 15 high schools participate in the Gill Net programme. These learners are selected based on their school performance in the June examination.

100-UP is run by staff in the Schools Development Unit (SDU) and continues to draw on the expertise of colleagues from across the university community. The programme works in close collaboration with a range of individuals and groupings, most notably UCT Careers Services, UCT Faculties and recruitment officers, UCT Admissions and Financial Aid officers, and various UCT student organizations and departments.

Donations towards the 100 UP Programme will be an enormous help as the project continues to broaden access to higher education for learners from disadvantaged communities.

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