“The Zenex Foundation initiated a metaevaluation of 23 of its mathematics, science and language projects in South African schools between 1998 and 2006. This forms part of its commitment to project evaluation and research as a way of strengthening its impact. The aim of each project has been to improve the quality of teaching and learning, and to achieve positive change in schools. The projects have achieved varying levels of success, but more importantly, the evaluations have provided invaluable information on critical success factors and the dynamics of school development. The lessons documented by the meta-evaluation have informed the development of the Zenex Foundation’s strategy for the next ten years.”
A critical element in the strategy is the development of partnerships and the Zenex Foundation is actively building partnerships with the Department of Education and key service providers involved in education delivery. The organisation has learned through experience that grant-making can only have a real impact if new projects are aligned with the Department of Education’s strategic agenda, and if service providers are supported to deliver projects.