Research and Evaluation Reports

Foundation Phase Literacy & Numeracy

The Zenex Foundation has commissioned a number of research and evaluation studies since its inception in 1995, and from which the Foundation draws lessons that inform programme development, policy and practice.

The most recent research and evaluation reports are clustered under five categories, with a brief summary of each report available for download once you click through to a specific category below. The categories are:

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This Project forms a part of Zenex’s portfolio of Literacy interventions and research initiatives in line with the 2014 - 2018 Five-year Strategy.
The EGRS entails the implementation and evaluation of three different intervention models of improving literacy in Foundation Phase Setswana in the North West Province. Specifically, the initiative focuses on the impact and cost effectiveness of the three models planned to start in 2015 and conclude at the end of 2017.

This study explored the nature of the interaction and engagement that occurs in multilingual learning environments through investigating teacher practices and learner performance in both their Home Languages and English in Grades 1- 3.

The Grade 4 Reading Catch-up programme was implemented in 2011 by the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) to remediate the inadequate levels of English competence amongst learners who were part of the GDE’s Gauteng Primary Literacy and Mathematics Strategy (GPLMS). 

Evaluation of the support provided through the Education Support Development Centres (EDSC), a large-scale initiative implemented by the North West Department of Education in rural areas, which would act as decentralised delivery points for a range of educational (and social) services.

This snapshot review aims to generate insight on the rate of implementation; adoption and uptake of curriculum trackers and Foundation Phase Heads of Department (HODs) supervision and support to Foundation Phase teachers, through the adoption of the structured learning programmes.