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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does the Zenex Foundation do?

    The Zenex Foundation is an independent, South African grant maker that has distinguished itself from other grant-making bodies by committing its entire budget strictly to the fields of Maths, Science and Language education. The Foundation co-designs the programmes it funds, informed by extensive research and evaluation. This highly focused approach means that the Zenex Foundation is not able to support external, unsolicited proposals and requests for funding – whether it be from schools, learners and other individuals, or not-for-profit organisations.

  • Who makes decisions on which projects to fund?

    The Zenex Foundation Management conceptualises projects to be funded, informed by lessons drawn from internal and external research and evaluation. The executive members of the Board are responsible for the approval of all of the projects and their evaluations and research reports, and provide direction at crucial points in the evolution of the projects.
  • Where does the Zenex Foundation roll out its projects?

    The Zenex Foundation currently undertakes interventions in Maths, Science and language education in four provinces: Gauteng, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape.
  • Can I apply for funding from the Zenex Foundation?

    The Foundation co-designs the programmes it funds, informed by extensive research and evaluation. This highly focused approach means that the Zenex Foundation is not able to support external, unsolicited proposals and requests for funding – whether it be from schools, learners and other individuals, or not-for-profit organisations.

  • What are the Zenex Foundation funding principles?

    The Zenex Foundation funding is guided by seven principles. The Foundation:

    1. funds targeted areas of work in Maths, Science and Language education.
    2. conceptualises and co-designs the programmes it funds in consultation with key stakeholders in education to address specific, identified gaps.
    3. adopts an evidence-based approach to designing programmes, informed by lessons drawn from internal and external research as well as independent evaluation of projects.
    4. promotes monitoring and evaluation as a tool for measuring impact and learning from practice.
    5. commissions research to better understand what works in Maths, Science and Language teaching and learning.
    6. contributes to knowledge building in the sector by sharing findings from research and evaluations to inform policy and practice in the education and grant-making sectors.
    7. promotes partnerships with Government, donors, NGOs and other education stakeholders to improve the quality and reach of its interventions.
  • Does the Zenex Foundation provide bursaries?

    No. The Zenex Foundation allocates funding to project schools to provide various forms of support to project learners and teachers. The support provided ranges from additional academic instruction to the provision of resources. The Zenex Foundation only supports learners up to Grade 12 level. The Foundation does not provide individual funding to learners and for tertiary studies.
  • Does the Zenex Foundation support individual schools?

    No. The Zenex Foundation works with clusters of schools in projects that have been co-designed by the Foundation and its partners. The schools are identified through extensive engagement with relevant stakeholders and the Department of Education at district level. The schools have to meet clear selection criteria at inception of the projects. Different projects adopt different selection criteria informed by the objectives of the project.
  • Does the Zenex Foundation provide funding for building science or computer laboratories or classrooms?

    No. The Zenex Foundation does not fund any form of infrastructural development, laboratories and libraries.
  • Does the Zenex Foundation provide funding for research?

    Yes. The Zenex Foundation commissions and funds research where necessary to better understand and solve key educational problems in Maths, Science and Language. The Foundation seeks to develop an extensive knowledge base in key strategic areas through its Research & Development Programme. The focus of the research component over the next few years primarily will be on Foundation Phase and pre-service teacher development, with limited research envisaged across other phases of the schooling sector.
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