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Jolly Futures

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Jolly Futures provides high quality literacy education in schools across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, enabling all children to be able to read and write with confidence. The programme delivers effective learning of English through a comprehensive and contextually appropriate approach based on the proven, fun and multisensory synthetic phonics method to accelerate learning.

Jolly Futures is a unique public private partnership
between Jolly Learning; an educational publisher, and Universal Learning Solutions (ULS); a not-for profit organisation. Together we have reached over 1 million children in 9,755 schools, training 24,343 teachers across ten countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Check out our Jolly Futures Video on youtube here!


We are now launching a new phase of Jolly Futures, focusing on 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia to accelerate literacy improvement. Our approach is to run a year-long pilot to gather academic evidence and local support. After we scale to national level to help build education systems and finally handover to government to ensure the sustainability of the programme and long-term improvements in literacy.

Our goal by 2020 is to train 58,000 teachers in 24,000 schools reaching 9 million children. To achieve this Jolly Learning will invest £3 Million, which equals to a market value of £23 million.


Since 2005, Jolly Futures has implemented pilots in 10 countries, and is recommended by government for all schools’ in two – The Gambia and Nigeria. In Nigeria, our largest programme, we have trained 20,870 teachers in over 8,500 schools, reaching over a million children.

Starting from a small pilot in the state of Akwa Ibom, our work has spread throughout the country, receiving endorsement at the highest levels of government. Working closely with the Universal Basic Education Commission, we are now operating in 31 states.

Our work is run by local teams, with training by local trainers, and in several states we are handing over operations to government – ensuring the programme’s sustainability. We have leveraged £1.8 million in additional funding from the Nigerian government to support our programmes nationwide.

We have additional pilots in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Nepal and India, and we plan to expand these, bringing Jolly Futures to more children globally.



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