The Zenex Foundation is an independent, South African grant maker supporting Maths, Science and language education through co-designing and implementing programmes informed by research and evaluation.

Since its establishment in 1995, the Foundation has constantly reviewed its Strategy in order to remain responsive to the changing education context. For the period 2014 to 2018, the Foundation's Strategy consists of a three-pronged programme approach, namely:

System-wide Programme which supports initiatives that are led by and embedded within government; employs multi-stakeholder endeavours that are large scale and systemic, and engages with key strategic levers to effect system-wide change.
Mathematics, Science and language in Schools Programme tests and implements new ideas in teacher development, learner support and materials development in Mathematics, Science and language that could feed back into large scale, system interventions.
Sector Building Programme builds the capacity of the education sector by providing support for professional bodies and networks, and supporting the sharing of lessons through dialogues and seminars.

Underpinning the programmes is Research and Evaluation which ensures that evidence continuously informs Zenex programme design and implementation and contributes to the body of knowledge in the education sector.

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enhancing-the-impact-of-school-improvement-interventions-a-seminar-on-lessons-from-a-school-development-programme The Zenex Foundation hosted a seminar on 16 August 2013 to share some of the lessons emanating from its School Development Programme. These lessons were drawn from the evaluation study that was commissioned alongside the Programme. The seminar was attended by approximately 60 people from donor agencies, NGOs, government and academic institutions. The seminar focused on exploring some of the key lessons around overall Programme design; the design of the Numeracy/Mathematics, Literacy/English and...
creating-a-chain-for-tertiary-access The Zenex Foundation held a Tertiary Access Dialogue on 14 May 2013. The Dialogue brought together donors who fund learner bursaries for school and tertiary education and provide other types of support (career guidance, bridging and life skills, university and bursary applications, academic, psycho-social, medical) for learners. Participants included stakeholders from tertiary institutions; government institutions that provide learnership programmes and NGOs. The purpose of the Dialogue was to...

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databaseThe Zenex Foundation commissioned a research study in 2013 to analyse various projects and initiatives that support school development, and teaching and learning in South African schools. The research culminated in the establishment of an extensive database of close to 400 research reports, articles and studies on school interventions in South Africa from 2005.

  • Academic scholarship on learner performance,
  • School intervention studies in South Africa,
  • Project and Programme evaluations, and
  • Government and NGO sector programmes.


  • Behind the matric results: The story of maths and science
    "South African matrics are passing at a higher rate. But this good news does not translate for the level of…

    Written on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 11:41
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  • Evidence-based development
    How can practitioners use research, evidence and existing data better in planning and implementing development projects? Corporate social investment (CSI)…

    Written on Thursday, 05 December 2013 11:55
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  • Zenex partnership with BANKSETA
    The Zenex Foundation is proud to announce an exciting new partnership venture with the BANKSETA for the Zenex Learner Programme.…

    Written on Thursday, 24 October 2013 15:25
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  • Making learning fun
    Following on the success of 2012, a Zenex Foundation-supported learner has once again featured in the Top 100 of the…

    Written on Thursday, 24 October 2013 15:19
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