• Expression of interest for the development and production of Indigenous Language Reading Resources for children in South Africa

    Expression of interest for the development and production of Indigenous Language Reading Resources for children in South Africa

    There is a crisis in South Africa in that the majority of children are not reading; not reading enough, and not reading with meaning. Over the last 10 years, both local and international research has found that 29% of Grade 4 learners are illiterate, while 58% cannot read for meaning. Read More
  • Lessons from a Meeting of International Education Funders: Reflections from Zenex Foundation

    Lessons from a Meeting of International Education Funders: Reflections from Zenex Foundation

  • Holistic educational support improves quality of results in key subjects

    Holistic educational support improves quality of results in key subjects

    Improving literacy in the early grades, alongside focused attention and holistic support in Maths and Science in secondary school, are the most critical elements to ensuring quality results in Grade 12. These elements also help in creating a pipeline of young people enrolling for tertiary study in the key areas needed for economic development in South Africa. Read More
  • Ensuring Impact in Learner Support

    Ensuring Impact in Learner Support

    The Zenex Foundation shared the results of its High School Learner Programme at a knowledge-sharing breakfast held in Johannesburg during October 2017. They shared the evaluation findings from a high school intervention which had tested whether learner support can improve maths and science outcomes, which was implemented over a 10 year period. Read More
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  • Expression of interest for the development and production of Indigenous Language Reading Resources for children in South Africa

    Expression of interest for the development and production of Indigenous Language Reading Resources for children in South Africa

    There is a crisis in South Africa in that the majority of children are not reading; not reading enough, and not reading with meaning. Over the last 10 years, both local and international research has found that 29% of Grade 4 learners are illiterate, while 58% cannot read for meaning. Read More
  • Lessons from a Meeting of International Education Funders: Reflections from Zenex Foundation

    Lessons from a Meeting of International Education Funders: Reflections from Zenex Foundation

  • Holistic educational support improves quality of results in key subjects

    Holistic educational support improves quality of results in key subjects

    Improving literacy in the early grades, alongside focused attention and holistic support in Maths and Science in secondary school, are the most critical elements to ensuring quality results in Grade 12. These elements also help in creating a pipeline of young people enrolling for tertiary study in the key areas needed for economic development in South Africa. Read More
  • Ensuring Impact in Learner Support

    Ensuring Impact in Learner Support

    The Zenex Foundation shared the results of its High School Learner Programme at a knowledge-sharing breakfast held in Johannesburg during October 2017. They shared the evaluation findings from a high school intervention which had tested whether learner support can improve maths and science outcomes, which was implemented over a 10 year period. Read More
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News

  • Expression of interest for the development and production of Indigenous Language Reading Resources for children in South Africa

    There is a crisis in South Africa in that the majority of children are not reading; not reading enough, and not reading with meaning. Over the last 10 years, both local and international research has found that 29% of Grade 4 learners are illiterate, while 58% cannot read for meaning. Read More
  • Know the Zenex Foundation Team: Q&A with Paresh Govind

    Zenex Foundation has an annual budget of R 75 million to spend on grant making and general operations. Managing a task of this nature requires meticulous attention to detail, strong leadership and ethical conduct. The man behind this task at Zenex Foundation is Paresh Govind, Director of Finance & Corporate Services. We caught up with him to find out more about his background, passions and future aspirations. Paresh’s story is one of overcoming obstacles, making sacrifices for loved ones and pursuing a life of fulfilment. While he had a rocky start in life, his perseverance and the support of his family has seen him through. Read More
  • Leveraging our collective wisdom to solve the literacy challenge

    Getting literacy right is of critical importance in South Africa. The results of the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) show that 78% of South African Grade 4 learners cannot read for meaning in any language. South Africa was placed last out of 50 countries in this study (behind middle-income countries such as Iran, Chile, Morocco, and Oman) and some six learning years behind the highest performer, Russia. Read More
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