Schools Programme

The programme provides the Foundation with opportunities to test and implement new ideas and innovative models for improving education performance and classroom practice on a small scale that could be replicated in large-scale, system-wide interventions. The programme also seeks to generate solutions that will inform education policy and curriculum processes and outcomes.

Unlike the Systemic Programme, projects within the Schools Programme are typically only implemented at the school level, with the Foundation wholly-responsible for the funding and project management function.

The following is a list of current and recent projects allocated to the Schools Programme:

The Inanda Seminary teacher-intern development programme is a two-year programme where interns are supported academically, financially and through mentoring to progressively achieve a set of holistic teacher competencies.

The project provides Zenex Foundation-supported learners an opportunity to participate in the English Olympiad, a prestigious school level national competition that aims to foster love for and competence in the English language. Grade 12 learners are further supported to access bursaries and higher education opportunities.

The three projects in this portfolio offer post matric learners an opportunity to improve their Mathematics, Science and English results to enter into Science careers at tertiary level. The initiative serves as a bridge for learners between Grade 12 and university.

The High School Mathematics, Science and English Project aims to develop schools with potential into high functioning schools that offer quality Mathematics, Science and English teaching and learning to disadvantaged learners. 

Implemented in 21 schools across three provinces, this project is focused on developing and testing an innovative model of in-service training for Foundation Phase literacy teachers.

This project selects and places learners from poor-functioning public schools into high functioning independent schools. It is implemented in 22 Independent schools in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The project offers, inter alia, bursaries, extra academic support, mentoring and psycho-social support to the qualifying learners.

Ulwazi Lwethu: African Language Reading Materials Project is a resource development initiative intended to develop African language reading books and teacher reading support resources targeted at teaching learners in the Foundation Phase to read in their home language.