About us

About us

The Zenex Foundation is an independent grant-maker investing in mathematics and language education in South Africa since 1995. The Foundation’s strategic focus is driven by a deep belief in the proven relationship between language proficiency and success in mathematics and overall learner performance. Our goal is to improve teaching and learning outcomes in Mathematics and language.


Over the past 24 years, the Zenex Foundation has disbursed almost R1 billion in the South African education sector. The impact of this expenditure has been evaluated through extensive research and enquiry, and important lessons have been learnt about how donors can support the improvement of learner performance at school level.


The Zenex Foundation has three core focus areas around which it carries out work, namely, Early Grade Numeracy and Literacy; Senior Phase Mathematics and English, and Thought Leadership.


The Foundation operates on the basis of strong partnerships with stakeholders, including education departments, donors, education NGOs, higher education institutions, researchers and schools that share the Foundation’s vision of an equitable and just education system that empowers young people to participate in the growth, development and transformation of South Africa.


The mission of the Zenex Foundation is to strengthen the education system through evidence-based grant-making, partnerships and thought leadership.

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