The Zenex Foundation wishes all the schools and learners participating in the National Schools Festival a fun, creative and insightful week ahead.

The Zenex Foundation has been a proud partner of Grahamstown National Schools Festival for the past 8 years. We are honoured to have built a mutually rewarding partnership which promotes the arts curriculum in schools. We recognise the role played by poetry, art, drama and song in cultivating a love for language and enriching exposure to reading and writing resources.

The Zenex Foundation initiated a Legacy Scholarship Project in 2015 as part of commemorating the Foundation’s 20th anniversary. The Project falls under the Foundation’s Sector Strengthening Programme, which has the overall objective of building the capacity of key strategic elements of the education support sector. To this end, the Scholarship Project focuses on addressing the problem of scarce skills in Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E), as well as education research, through the development of Black evaluators and researchers. This area of support is particularly important in the context of an increasing interest in evidence-based approaches to education policy and practices.

Zenex has been involved in M & E and education research for more than 15 years. Through its experiences, it has become clear that there are very few evaluation experts and even fewer Black evaluators and researchers working in the field of education. As such, the Foundation initiated a two-pronged capacity building Scholarship Project to contribute towards building capacity in these areas.

The Zenex Foundation celebrated 20 years of education contribution at a gala dinner at Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg on the 22 October 2015. We were honoured to have the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga as the keynote speaker. Guests included senior government officials of the Department of Basic Education; donors; NGOs; researchers/academics, as well as school principals, teachers and learners from various Zenex programmes.

The Minister highlighted the enormous challenges that we face in education and that these challenges can only be addressed through collaboration between the various education stakeholders. She acknowledged the partnership with the Zenex Foundation on various initiatives.

The Zenex Foudantion was proud to hand over a complete set of Vula Bula African Language readers developed in partnership with Molteno, to the Minister. The Vula Bula series is available as Open Education Resources and this is a significant contribution to promote literacy in the country.

See image gallery for some of the moments captured at the gala dinner.

The Zenex Foundation hosted two events to reflect on 20 years of involvement in education. The events took place in KwaZulu-Natal on 10 September 2015 and in the Western Cape on 1 October 2015. The purpose of the events was to engage education stakeholders on issues related to Mathematics, Science and language education. The stakeholders provided perspectives from government, NGOs, donors, academics/researchers as well as school principals, teachers and learners. The events had three components: insights from experts, lessons from Zenex and a dialogue with education stakeholders on unlocking challenges in Mathematics, Science and language education in South Africa.

Speaker profiles and presentations, illustrations capturing key points from the dialogue as well as photographs are available on the links below.

The Zenex Foundation sponsored the attendance of 55 enthusiastic Grade 12 learners from 13 schools across the country at the National Schools Festival in Grahamstown. This was the learner component of the National Arts Festival where learners spent four days from 12 – 16 July 2015, immersed in various manifestations of the arts and the English language. The Schools Festival is a valuable learning experience for all learners in terms of the exposure to English Literacy and the arts.

The Zenex Foundation hosted a one-day Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) conference on the 2nd July 2015 at the Glenhove Conference Centre, Melrose. The conference was one in a series of conferences, held in partnership with Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town. Zenex is interested in promoting evaluation amongst stakeholders and increasing the pool of evaluators.

The Zenex Foundation believes that reading is the most important skill that learners need throughout their schooling career.  Reading is the foundation of literacy.  Learning to read starts in the Foundation Phase.  Our Foundation Phase teachers need to be expert reading teachers. Outlined below is the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that Foundation Phase teachers need to be expert reading teachers. 

To read more download the PDF document here

The Zenex Foundation is hosting a seminar on literacy on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The theme of the seminar is: Understanding teaching and learning literacy in a complex multilingual context. The purpose of the seminar is to improve understanding of the challenges and issues in literacy development by sharing key factors in the implementation of the language in education policy. A total of 80 guests drawn from the academic, research and evaluator community; donors; government; NGOs and teachers will be in attendance.

The Zenex Foundation hosted a seminar on 16 August 2013 to share some of the lessons emanating from its School Development Programme. These lessons were drawn from the evaluation study that was commissioned alongside the Programme. The seminar was attended by approximately 60 people from donor agencies, NGOs, government and academic institutions. The seminar focused on exploring some of the key lessons around overall Programme design; the design of the Numeracy/Mathematics, Literacy/English and Science components of the Programme as well as evaluation design. The seminar comprised a presentation on the Programme and key evaluation findings by Gail Campbell, Zenex Foundation CEO, and critical comment by two experts, Professor Brahm Fleisch and Dr Monica Hendricks.

The Zenex Foundation held a Tertiary Access Dialogue on 14 May 2013. The Dialogue brought together donors who fund learner bursaries for school and tertiary education and provide other types of support (career guidance, bridging and life skills, university and bursary applications, academic, psycho-social, medical) for learners. Participants included stakeholders from tertiary institutions; government institutions that provide learnership programmes and NGOs. The purpose of the Dialogue was to explore avenues for partnerships with the aim of increasing learner tertiary access and output.

The Dialogue reflected on lessons from the Zenex Foundation gleaned from the Foundation's Tertiary Access Project, and the Tertiary Access Chain developed by Sasol Inzalo Foundation.

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