In collaboration with the local district education officials, the Jolly Phonics programme has been piloted in 11 districts in Ghana. The evaluation of these pilots, undertaken by the University of Education, Winneba, showed that pupils taught using Jolly Phonics made much faster progress in reading and writing than those who were not. For example pupils taught using Jolly Phonics had reading ages that were on average 10 months higher than pupils who were not exposed to the programme. In addition to this, improved teacher enthusiasm and increased enrolments in schools using Jolly Phonics were observed during these pilots. Even though the Jolly Phonics programme is designed and focused on teaching children to read and write in English, the teachers at the schools involved in the pilots also successfully used the programme to teach local language. Please click to read Jolly Phonics in Ghana
In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Sierra Leone the Jolly Phonics programme was piloted in Freetown and Port Loko. The proportion of pupils reading at or above their chronological age increased significantly over the course of the pilot. Word reading, sentence reading, letter sounds knowledge and listening comprehension were all improved and pupils became more confident learners. The pilot illustrated that irrespective of gender, poverty levels and first language, all pupils benefitted from the Jolly Phonics programme in Sierra Leone. Please click to read Sierra Leone pilot study
A pilot in Doulala, Cameroon was implemented from January until June 2015 in partnership with the Ministry of Basic Education and the Regional Delegation. The pilot evaluation undertaken by the University of Bamenda showed that pupils taught using Jolly Phonics on average improved their reading age by 11 months after using the programme for just 6 months. In addition pupils improved other literacy skills, including listening comprehension and writing ability. The pilot illustrated that irrespective of gender, poverty levels and interestingly first language, all pupils benefitted from the Jolly Phonics programme. Please click to read Jolly Phonics in Cameroon
To date 2 pilots have been completed in Ethiopia, in partnership with Link and VSO. The results in both pilots were promising, but there were challenges that we will be working to address in the upcoming pilot. A new pilot will be launched in Ethiopia asap to take place this academic year in two sub- cities of Addis Ababa. Please click to read Jolly Phonics in Ethiopia VSO Jolly Phonics in Ethiopia
The Jolly Phonics programme is currently being piloted at Primary 1 in 6 government schools in Kilifi County with the support of the District Education Office. The teachers received 3 days of training in Jolly Phonics in January 2015 and each school was provided with a Jolly Phonics Kit. The pilot will run for one academic year until December 2015 before which it is hoped that the programme can be scaled-up in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
We have been using our experience and technical expertise in literacy education to work in partnership with STIR Education to run the Reading Challenge in Uganda. The Reading Challenge has promoted the importance of reading in schools in Uganda and supported teachers to develop and implement micro-innovations to improve reading in their schools. In 2016 we plan to begin implementing the Jolly Phonics programme in government schools in Uganda through our partner organisations.
In partnership with the Ministry of Education and VSO Nepal, the Jolly Phonics programme was piloted in 10 schools in Makwanpur district. This pilot saw pupils make fantastic progress in learning to read and write. All literacy abilities were significantly improved through exposure to the Jolly Phonics method, with pupils performing at least twice as well on literacy tests in comparison to pupils who did not learn through this method. The progress reported was irrespective of pupils’ gender, first languages or earlier education experience. In addition it was found that Jolly Phonics also improved student engagement and enjoyment in learning. Wider promotion of English at the schools involved with the pilot also increased interest from parents and care-givers towards their children’s education. Please click to read Jolly Phonics in Nepal
We are currently working across the entire country of Nigeria. For the latest updates on our Nigerian projects please click here 2016 Nigeria Impact Report – Training and Materials