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Review of School Interventions in South Africa

The country has hosted a wide spectrum of studies and evaluations done in the field of education, presenting a range of results and findings. However, the question still remains: What does the overall evidence on impact studies indicate with regards to what is working and what is not working? What are some of the interventions, which have been proven effective in addressing South Africa’s dire education challenges?

Zenex Foundation and the CLEAR-AA Centre at Wits School of Governance have undertaken a meta-analysis of various impact studies conducted on school interventions that aimed to improve learner performance. The meta-­analysis reveals what programmes and policies had most impact on language, maths and science learning outcomes in South African public schools. The meta-­analysis provides investors and policy-­makers with a synthesis of 15 years of learning and empirical evidence to inform new programming, and the improvement of current efforts to address education outcomes in South Africa.

A brief summary of the findings of the meta-analysis is available on this link.

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creative-models-of-high-school-learner-support 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...
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About Zenex

  • The Zenex Foundation is an independent Trust established in 1995 to undertake the delivery of programmes and projects in Mathematics, Science and Language education in South Africa. The aim of the Zenex Foundation is to improve the quality of learning and teaching, and to positively contribute to the education sector through research and programmatic activities. The impact of these programmes is 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.

    Watch an animated video of the Zenex Foundation Five-Year Strategy: 2014 – 2018 and the Zenex Foundation Journey: 1995 – 2005 below.



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The Zenex Foundation Five-Year Strategy:
2014 - 2018
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