About us

About us

The Zenex Foundation is an independent Trust established in 1995 to deliver programmes and projects in Mathematics, Science and Language education in South Africa.

Established at the birth  of the country’s democracy, the Foundation has a long history of innovation in the education sector and is respected as an independent and influential grant-maker. A deep belief in the proven relationship between language proficiency and success in Mathematics and Science is the driver behind the Foundation’s ongoing and significant contributions to improving Mathematics, Science and Language teaching and learning in South African schools.

Over the past 24 years, the Zenex Foundation has disbursed more than R700 million in the South African education sector. The impact of this expenditure has been 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.

The Zenex Foundation has three core focus areas around which it carries out work, namely, Early Grade Numeracy and Literacy; Senior Phase Mathematics and English, and Thought Leadership.

The Foundation operates on the basis of strong partnerships with stakeholders, including education departments, donors, service providers, higher education institutions, researchers and schools that share the Foundation’s vision of skilled and empowered young people who can contribute towards the growth and development of South Africa.

Vision & Mission

The mission  of the Zenex Foundation is to strengthen the education system through evidence-based grant-making, partnerships and thought leadership

More specifically, our goal is to improve teaching and learning outcomes in Mathematics and language.

We passionately believe that this goal will take us closer to our vision of an equitable and just education system that empowers young people to participate in the growth, development and transformation of South Africa.

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