The Project will be implemented at 10 disadvantaged schools in the Metropole North and East Education Districts in the Western Cape. Over R24 million will be invested by the Zenex Foundation in these two districts over the next five years, from 2017 until 2021.

As the recipients of the biggest slice of this year's budget, the Department of Education must ensure that it strategically allocates the funds and manages them properly to achieve positive outcomes. 

Focus on Matric results is counterproductive to improving overall education results in SA - Zenex Foundation

On Wednesday, 19th October 2016 the Zenex Foundation hosted the “Conversations with Zenex Trustees”, a gathering of education stakeholders in Johannesburg, as a reflective conversation on partnerships and developments in education.

Long-standing Zenex Foundation Trustee and South African business and civil society leader, Thandi Orleyn is the new Chair of the Zenex Foundation. She assumed the role in October 2015, succeeding Mr Sizwe Nxasana, who will continue serving on the Board as a Trustee.

Thandi has been a Zenex Trustee since 1997 and has played a central role in providing strategic guidance to the work and programmes of the Foundation over the past 19 years. Her legal and business career of over 30 years spans the Legal Resources Centre, National Director of both the Independent Mediation Service of SA (IMSSA) and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), and senior partner at the commercial law firm, Routledge Modise (presently known as Hogan Lovells (SA) Inc.).

An executive director and shareholder at Peotona Group Holdings, Thandi is also involved in various community initiatives, including chairing the Legal Resources Trust, Ceramic Foundation, De Beers Fund and the Fort Hare University Council, and now the Zenex Foundation.

A stalwart of transformation and empowerment, Thandi will continue to play a strategic role in spearheading the Foundation in its mission to work in partnership with Government, donors, NGOs, researchers and schools towards improving education outcomes in South Africa. This bodes well for the Foundation as it accelerates its efforts to share evidence-based lessons learnt from independent research and evaluations to contribute to knowledge and capacity in the sector.

October 5th is National Teachers’ Day. The Zenex Foundation honours and celebrates teachers throughout October and beyond, profiling stories of passion and achievement – sometimes against all odds.

The Zenex Foundation has funded an innovative on-line resource developed by Bridge to help learners, teachers, career advisors and parents when it comes to decisions about getting into further study or employment after school.

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The Zenex Foundation has a keen interest in the areas of literacy and reading. The Foundation supports initiatives designed to innovate, research and test system level application to improve outcomes in education. These have been shared in a wide range of forums. A panel arranged by the Zenex Foundation, presented an aspect of Zenex’s research and interventions in literacy and language development. The presentations shared insights emerging from programmes in home language and first additional language interventions on reading to learn in the later grades. 

Many South African children complete Grades 1 - 3 without being able to read properly in their home language. Recent research confirms that this reality not only impacts on literacy and language development, but also on Mathematics and Science performance.

The Foundation hosted a Conference and Appreciation Event at Durban’s Elangeni and Maharani Hotel on 19 August 2016 to mark the end of the Zenex Learner Support Programme which has been rolled out since 2005. The Programme comprises the ISASA M&E Project and the Inkanyezi Project, which are fielding the last cohort of Grade 12 learners in 2016. The Conference was attended by over 120 individuals from the project schools and their peer and neighbouring schools from across the country, as well as district representatives from various education districts in KwaZulu-Natal.

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