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Zimbabwe

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Benin

Mrs. Irechkwu Hannah Kalu

Hannah-Kalu
Cotonou

Irechukwu is presently teaching at Indian International School and has an extensive background of primary teaching in Benin. She obtained her National Certificate in Education at the National Institute, Kaduna where she studied sociology in education.

Irechukwu was introduced to Jolly Phonics in 2006 and began to implement this method of teaching right away. She has made a tremendous impact to her teaching career since starting to use it as her students were progressing at a quicker and less stressful rate than previously. Both parents of her students and colleagues in the school are keen to learn about Jolly Phonics in order to teach their children at home and in their classes. Jolly Phonics makes learning interesting and simple which has led to enormous and positive results for the students. Irechukwu is happy to share her experiences with others.

email:
favourokn@yahoo.com
tel:
+229 979 89 480
travel:
All Benin and Africa

Ghana

Evelyn Forson

Bolgatanga

Evelyn is a professional teacher who graduated from the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. She has over seventeen years of teaching experience in the public sector of education within Ghana, and is currently the Bolgatanga Municipal Early Childhood Coordinator in Ghana.

Evelyn has been training teachers how to teach children with reading and writing challenges, by using Jolly Phonics. She has seen a great improvement in children’s reading and writing abilities and wishes to share her experiences with others. In her position as the Early Childhood Coordinator, Evelyn is able to offer training within Ghana and beyond!

email:
evelynforsonjolly@gmail.com
tel:
233202318875
mobile:
233240466543
website:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009484985571
travel:
Ghana and beyond

Emefa Gyamfi

Bogoso

Emefa Gyamfi graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi Ghana with a Masters degree in Public Administration and also a Professional Teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience within the Ghana Education Service. She is currently an Assistant Director and Private Schools Coordinator for Ghana Education Service in Prestea Huni Valley District of Ghana, She is the founder and CEO of REMALJ Reading Clinic: a Jolly Phonics driven reading clinic for underserved communities in Bogoso and Prestea in the Western Region of Ghana. She has and continues to chalk success in this regard. She is a certified professional Jolly Phonics Trainer. Her overriding passion is to teach, train, mentor and coach public and private school teachers as well as Parents in the promotion of literacy among children and adults with reading disabilities and or foundation challenges.

email:
amgyamfi@yahoo.com
tel:
233 505 402001
mobile:
233 244 838863
travel:
Ghana and abroad

Gracelyn Owusu Achiaa

Winneba, Central Region

Gracelyn is a professional teacher with a Bachelor of Education (Basic) from the university of Education, Winneba, Ghana; and a Certified Jolly Phonics Professional Trainer.

From 2014 till date, Gracelyn has been the Jolly Phonics facilitator in the Winneba Municipality. She has a specialisation in teaching literacy, in both English and the Fante language, using Jolly Phonics. The pupils who sit in her Jolly Phonics lessons exhibit proficiency in reading and writing so have been nicknamed “The Jolly Classes”. Gracelyn’s teaching of Jolly Phonics is not limited to pupils alone, but teachers alike! As a result, Gracelyn was awarded the Best Teacher for Jolly Phonics in 2015.

Gracelyn will soon be readily available to share her experiences and train more teachers, and to help build the greatest foundation in children and even adults who want to read and write in English. Currently she is supporting the facilitation of Jolly Phonics adoption within Ghana.

Stephen Sandoh Naah

Bolgatanga, Upper East Region

Stephen is a professionally trained teacher and holds a Diploma in Basic Education. The ease and fun with which teachers and pupils engage in Jolly Phonics classrooms made the method a ready favourite to him. Although Stephen teaches in a rural community, his pupils achieve great progress in learning to read and write early because of the Jolly Phonics method. In addition to teaching, Stephen also mentors other teachers’ teaching of Jolly Phonics in the Bolgatanga Municipality of Upper East Region, Ghana.

Stephen will soon be readily available to share his experiences and train other teachers although currently he is supporting the facilitation of Jolly Phonics adoption within Ghana.

Francisca Atamakira Awanzirigo

Bolgatanga, Upper East Region

Francisca is a professional teacher and a holder of Diploma in Basic Education. She has been teaching language and literacy in kindergarten since 2013. Since she was introduced to Jolly Phonics, Francisca has taught her pupils with passion and dedication and has also supported other teachers in their understanding and implementation of the Jolly Phonics method. Francisca continues to mentor her colleagues in the Bolgatanga Municipality of Upper East Region, Ghana.

Francisca will soon be readily available to share her experiences and train other teachers in and around Ghana. Currently she is supporting the facilitation of Jolly Phonics adoption within Ghana.

Dorcas Baffoe-Bonnie

Dorcas Baffoe-Bonnie taqught with Jolly Phonics for many years at Bishop Bowers School in Accra where she saw a huge improvement as a result.  Dorcas graduated from the University of Science and Technology, Ghana which she followed with a Child Welfare Certificate at the School of Continuing Education at the University of Leeds.

email:
dorcas.jollyphonics@gmail.com
tel:
00233243824511 and 00233262824511

Roberta Emma Amos-Abanyie

Tema

Roberta has over sixteen years of teaching experience in both the public and private sectors of education in Ghana. She has been teaching adults and children with reading challenges with Jolly Phonics and has observed that these group of people who have been introduced to Jolly Phonics see a tremendous increase in their level of reading, enthusiastic about reading and find reading meaningful and interesting. Roberta graduated from the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana, and is the Director of Ingit Jolly Phonics Foundation.

email:
ingiteducation@gmail.com
email2:
roberta@jollyphonics.edu.gh
tel:
+233509040966, +233269176285
travel:
Within Ghana

Janet Kyei

2015-11-30 13.19.56Janet graduated from the University of Ghana with B.A.(Hons) in Spanish and Political Science and also has a French background. She has helped set up a number of preschools where she introduced and trained teachers to useJolly Phonics. Janet has a training centre where courses are taken by children and adults learning to read and write English, information on trainings are found here. She has done a course in Basic Montessori and recently completed a course in Psychology and Fundamentals of Storytelling in Education for Teachers and Trainers. She is eager to help bring better quality teaching to every school in Ghana. She can offer training anywhere in Ghana, or beyond.

email:
tpeconsult.edu@gmail.com
tel:
+233(0)203175199 / +233(0)265791441
travel:
Ghana and abroad

Kenya

Nishma Shah

Nishma-ShahNishma Shah is a qualified Montessori and British National Curriculum teacher, teaching at Stepping Stones Kindergarten in Nairobi. She has taught with Jolly Phonics for many years, loving it and seeing the children love it. She has seen it as a reliable method, producing remarkable results, and she would be glad to train others in using it.

email:
nishshah12@gmail.com

Munira Adamjee

Munira Adamjee qualified in the UK and is headmistress of Oshwal Academy in Nairobi.  She is an active teacher and she personally teaches with Jolly Phonics.  She has ensured that the programme is used thoroughly,so the results with the children have been phenomenal.

email:
head@oannursery.ac.ke

Sian Summers Issa

tr.S.Summers picSian Summers Issa is an Early Years Professional, Teacher and the Founder and Director of Education Matters East Africa. Education Matters East Africa is an educational consultancy focusing on teachers’ on-going professional development; believing that investing in teachers contributes towards positive, sustainable change for education in East Africa. Empowering teachers and giving them the tools relevant to their context encourages improved classroom delivery, effective teaching and consequentially improves the outcomes for children.
With over 12 years of experience working in nurseries, pre-schools and primary schools in the UK and East Africa, Sian is particularly passionate about developing early reading skills. She believes Jolly Phonics is the most successful program enabling children to quickly become confident readers in English and Kiswahili. Based in costal Kenya, Sian has been using the programme for over 5 years in both private and government schools. She is an experienced trainer and is excited to share Jolly Phonics with those ready to put the fun back into reading.

Find Education Matters East Africa on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/educationmattersea/

email:
sian@educationmatters.co.ke
tel:
+254 (0)789458443
website:
www.educationmatters.co.ke
travel:
East Africa

Malawi

Mphatso Rejoice Sapulani

Mphatso-SapulaniMphatso has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Malawi. As an Early Year’s teacher, she has been using Jolly Phonics for more than three years and has seen remarkable, amazing, quick and encouraging results. Mphatso has seen children of Malawian, Chinese and Indian origin learn how to read English in a space of eight weeks. She recommends it as a vital resource for teaching English Literacy to children who are learning English as their second language

email:
msapulani@gmail.com
tel:
+265 999360518
travel:
Malawi and abroad

Morocco

Yvonne Dalorto

Yvonne-DalortoMalaga and across Spain

Yvonne is the Head of Infants, KS 1 and Phonics Coordinator at a British School in Jerez. Yvonne qualified as a teacher in the UK, where she first started using Jolly Phonics in 2000.

She has been implementing Jolly Phonics and Grammar in bilingual schools in Spain since 2004 and more recently she has participated on the BEDA bilingual project; promoting the use of Jolly Phonics and Grammar in state schools with C. E. P. teacher training and the Escuela De Idioms in Andalusia. Yvonne participated in the introduction of phonic components with CLIL material endorsed by M. E. C. and has written infant course books for M. E. L. P. project.

Yvonne provides Jolly Phonics and Grammar training and Advanced training for cross curriculum planning and progression with phonics and grammar in the infant and primary years. Her training also uses Jolly Phonics and Grammar materials with ESL, Trinity Young Learners exams, B1 and Cambridge P. E. T.

Yvonne can provide training in Spain and Morocco.

Find Yvonne on Facebook: Synthetic Phonics Europe and Jolly Phonics and Grammar Global Training

email:
yvonnedalorto@gmail.com
email2:
for Morocco training: y.dalorto.trainingmorocco@gmail.com
tel:
(34) 682050034
travel:
All of Spain and Morocco

Nigeria

Prekebena Eric Oyin

temp_photoPrekebena Eric is a trained teacher, passionate about providing quality training across Nigeria. He has a BSc. Ed, Nigeria Certificate in Education, and a Diploma in Educational Psychology. Eric is the Director of Lanmoni Educational Services, a firm that has trained many teachers since 2009. He has taught for over 10 years from prep grade to year 9 in secondary school and has used Jolly Phonics for over 8 years with outstanding results. He lives and works in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

email:
ericoyin@yahoo.com
email2:
lanmoniedu@gmail.com
tel:
+2348061250757
website:
www.lanmoni.wordpress.com
travel:
Across Nigeria

Olufunmi Bankole

Lagos

Olufunmi is a seasoned educator who has a passion for helping children develop reading skills as early as possible. She has achieved great results teaching primary level pupils to read and write using Jolly Phonics. In addition, she has trained many teachers in the Jolly Phonics method. Many of these teachers have since become ‘Jolly Phonics Ambassadors’ and spread the Jolly word and advocate the Jolly Phonics programme to use in schools.

Olufunmi has delivered and managed Jolly Phonics pilot projects, leading to full adoption in four states! She has managed large scale training and mentoring of teachers in government and private primary schools in South West Nigeria.

email:
olufunmi@instituteoflearningandskilldevelopment.org
tel:
+2348023109435
travel:
Nigeria

Chiemeziem Phina

Lagos

Phina is a school teacher with over ten years of teaching experience, with a B.Sc. (Ed.) in Education Chemistry. She has a passion for promoting literacy in young children as a result of which, she organises various educational programmes for children and uses the Jolly Phonics method to teach children to read and write.

Phina has given training in Jolly Phonics to numerous school teachers in both the public and private school sectors in Nigeria and is committed to improving the literacy levels of children extending to other African countries.

email:
phinachiemez@gmail.com
tel:
08039166787
travel:
Across Africa

Esther Bose Ikhalume

Bonny Island, Rivers State

Esther’s passion to see her pupils read and write led her to constantly research best methods to use in teaching reading to beginners. Her search came to a resting point when she discovered Jolly Phonics. This method was so effective she decided that this find was not just for herself, but one that must be shared with as many teachers and educators as possible! Since then, Esther has trained hundreds of teachers and continues to teach children and adults using Jolly Phonics in both public and private schools. In addition, she has also helped struggling readers become successful using the Jolly Phonics Extra Kit with the intervention Jolly Buddies so is keen to extend her itinerary to other African countries.

email:
estheridornigie@yahoo.co.uk
tel:
08072557326
travel:
Nigeria and West Africa

Ibiere Ken-Maduako

Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Ibiere holds a B.A (Ed) degree in English, an M.A in both English and Linguistics, along with a Ph.D in Linguistics and has always been passionate about raising the level of achievement for language acquisition.

Ibiere began teaching with Jolly Phonics in 2010, but was first introduced to the methods in 2009. After she researched and studied Jolly Phonics, Ibiere has seen a great deal of change in her classes. The results in teaching with Jolly Phonics have been enormous, as the children read better and the teachers are happier and sufficiently motivated to teach.

Ibiere can provide services in worldwide teacher training, assistance in implementing Jolly Phonics curriculum in schools and support for struggling readers.

email:
ibierek@yahoo.co.uk
email2:
ibiereken@gmail.com
tel:
+234 803 544 8115
mobile:
+234 703 000 0548
travel:
Nigeria and beyond

Olusola Kemi Oladapo-Tonade

Abeokuta, Ogun State

Kemi is an Early Years specialist and experienced school administrator. She has seen many children develop reading sills in early life, because of her teaching them in the synthetic phonic method and using Jolly Phonics. Kemi also provides remedial teaching for children of varying ages who have reading challenges, and finds Jolly Phonics has an encouraging impact for these children. This is the reason she has become a Jolly Trainer, to enable her to share her positive experiences with as many teachers as possible.

Kemi has provided training in both Jolly Phonics and Jolly Buddies, and is available to contact for future training enquiries.

 

email:
oladapotonadeolusola@gmail.com
tel:
+234 706 554 1401
travel:
Nigeria and West Africa

Olubusola Eshiet

BusolaNewcastle upon Tyne

Dr Olubusola Eshiet has facilitated training in Jolly Phonics, Jolly Phonics Extra and Jolly Grammar for several thousand teachers in Nigeria and some in Ghana. Her training and mentoring have helped teachers move from enduring English Language teaching to enjoying the subject. She continues to research the use of Jolly Phonics and is the research leader for Jolly Phonics Extra. She shares the results of her research at local and international conferences. Busola supports government bodies, teachers, and schools through Optimalpath Consulting Limited, her business based in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the North East of England.

email:
olubusola@optimalpathconsulting.co.uk
tel:
+447538034840 (UK) or +2349092945174 (Nigeria)
travel:
UK and International

Dr. Stella N Nwosu

Stella-NwosuStella is a teacher and teacher trainer with over twenty years of experience in school teaching. She has a PhD in Educational Technology and is currently lecturing at the University of Uyo in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. She is a key member of the University of Uyo Jolly Phonics Research and Implementation Team, researching on and helping to spread the Jolly Phonics programme across the country. She manages Jolly Phonics projects and is experienced in the implementation of the Jolly Phonics programme in public and private schools. She has trained numerous teachers, government officials and academics across Nigeria. She has also led a Grammar pilot study in Akwa Ibom State.

email:
staranyi@yahoo.com
tel:
+234809575272 / +2348032539257
travel:
Across Nigeria and internationally

Dr. Tina Udoji

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Dr. (Mrs) Tina Udoji is the person that brought Jolly Phonics into Nigeria for the very first time in 1999. She is the first accredited Jolly Phonics International trainer in Nigeria. Tina is a trained teacher with many years of classroom experience. She is a British Council certified Education professional in British education with a First degree in Education, a Masters in Early Childhood Education, an international Diploma in Montessori Method of Education and a PhD in Early Childhood Education. Tina has given Jolly Phonics and Grammar trainings since 2002 to thousands of teachers and educators throughout Nigeria.

Current Training Courses

Tina is also the exclusive distributor of Jolly Phonics products in Nigeria.

email:
tina@chelisbookazine.com
tel:
08033274454
fax:
234 1 2700685
website:
www.chelisbookazine.com
travel:
Nigeria

Stella Nnenna Uzu

Stella Uzu is a passionate teacher and the Administrator of Excellent Montessori Schools in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, where she teaches and successfully introduced and uses Jolly Phonics, Jolly Music and Jolly Grammar to teach, and the success recorded is outstanding. A UK certified Child Psychologist and Child Care Giver and Early Childhood teacher, Stella has successfully delivered pilot trainings using Jolly Phonics for public school teachers in Benue, Nasarawa, Cross Rivers, Kaduna,  Ebonyi and Zamfara States. She is a lead trainer in the on going training for public school teachers in Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Ekiti States. She also works with special needs children helping them learn using Jolly Songs and Jolly Phonics.

email:
stella@universallearningsolutions.org
email2:
nnennauzu@yahoo.com
tel:
+234 (0) 803-539-9002
travel:
Nigeria and Africa

Emmanuel Tai Osuntubo

Ostub-Tai

Abuja

Emmanuel Tai Osuntubo is a Montessori teacher and certified Early Years co-ordinator with background in Education. He has being using Jolly Phonics since 2004 and training teachers since 2011.Emmanuel has a strong passion for every Nigerian child to have a solid foundation in literacy. He carries about the good testimony of using Jolly Phonics to help every child to be an early reader. He works in Abuja as a school consultant and trainer.

email:
glotubworld@yahoo.com
email2:
osuntubot2@gmail.com
tel:
+234 8023316856 / +234 8061381746
travel:
All of Nigeria

Kemi Adebajo

Kemi Adebajo is the Country representative and accredited trainer for Jolly Phoincs. She has a BA in Engish from the University of Ibadan, Diploma in Montessori from the Mondern School of Montessori UK and a PGDE from the University of Lagos. Kemi now owns and runs Layton Preparatory School, Lagos. She taught at St Saviour’s School Ikoyi for 12 years and has over a decade and a half teaching experience. She has a passion for teaching, and impacting lives. She has trained teachers in well over 100 private schools in Nigeria from 2005 to date. In addition she has carried out trainings and trials in several states in Nigeria. She has a team of trainers which she mentors closely.

 

email:
kemi_doherty@yahoo.com
tel:
(01 outside Lagos) 8943838 / 08023053064
website:
www.jollyphonicsnigeria.com

Nigeria (Lagos)

Kemi Adebajo

Kemi Adebajo is the Country representative and accredited trainer for Jolly Phoincs. She has a BA in Engish from the University of Ibadan, Diploma in Montessori from the Mondern School of Montessori UK and a PGDE from the University of Lagos. Kemi now owns and runs Layton Preparatory School, Lagos. She taught at St Saviour’s School Ikoyi for 12 years and has over a decade and a half teaching experience. She has a passion for teaching, and impacting lives. She has trained teachers in well over 100 private schools in Nigeria from 2005 to date. In addition she has carried out trainings and trials in several states in Nigeria. She has a team of trainers which she mentors closely.

 

email:
kemi_doherty@yahoo.com
tel:
(01 outside Lagos) 8943838 / 08023053064
website:
www.jollyphonicsnigeria.com

South Africa

Valma Adams

Valma AdamsCape Town

Valma Adams has considerable teaching experience in Cape Town and the UK. She first used Jolly Phonics in 2002, teaching in Birmingham, continuing with it on returning to Cape Town. She sees her pupils enjoying the actions and quickly learning the letter sounds. They want to write stories and read it to anyone who will listen!

email:
jpjgjm4africa1@gmail.com
tel:
(+27) 84 208 3614

Sudan

Nasreen Sameer Abdalla

Khartoum

Nasreen is an English teacher and Pre-School Manager in Khartoum. She discovered Jolly Phonics over six years ago and found that teaching children to read and write with Jolly Phonics became much easier and so much more fun, for both her and her students. She is still amazed at the results the students achieve and feels that Jolly Phonics has changed the myth that non-native English students can never be as good as native English students. She is willing to share her teaching experiences with Jolly Phonics with everyone.

email:
nasreena86@gmail.com
tel:
+2499-12137736
travel:
Anywhere

The Gambia

Sainey Gibba

Sainey GibbaSainey Gibba is deputy headteacher at Wellingara Community Nursery School, which has some 400 3-7 year olds.  He has been teaching with Jolly Phonics since September 2005 when the school was one of the first in The Gambia to use the programme.  The understanding has developed over time and Sainey can now provide training and support for other teachers.

email:
saineyib@gmail.com
tel:
9959006 / 7201975

Amadou M.l Jatta

Amedou's-picAmadou M.l Jatta is a trained primary school teacher with over ten years teaching experience in Gambia. After attending a training by Sue Lloyd (Jolly Phonics author) in 2008, Amadou was head of the English department in Madrasatul Urwatul Wuthka Islamic School and went on to teach Jolly Phonics in Little Tree Skills Training Centre (a vocational school). Having taught there for over three years, Amadou has gone on to train 150 teachers in nursery and primary institutions, as well as private and Madrassa schools. Amadou also specializes in an Adult Literacy Programme, designed to help those who have little/no schooling and now want to learn English. He now also works for AMANA as a Jolly Phonics teacher trainer.

email:
tamba82@yahoo.com
email2:
jattaml821@gmail.com
tel:
+220 778 42 03/ 677 88 03/ 377 88 03
mobile:
(Viber) +220 911 01 30
travel:
Worldwide, priority The Gambia & Africa

Uganda

Agnes Nalubega

Kampala
Agnes is from Kampala, Uganda. From a very young age, she wanted to become a teacher. Agnes holds a Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education and has teaching experience of over 26 years. Agnes has worked in public, private and international school settings, with a concentration in early literacy skills, and has used Jolly Phonics for the past ten years. Seeing children who use English as a second language learn how to read early, improve their speech and comprehension skills, is very fulfilling for her. Agnes is currently a Brain Tree Nursery & Primary School head, co-founder of the ‘Literacy Power Consultancy’ located in Kampala, serves as a Literacy Consultant for different Primary School Boards, and teaches language skills part-time at Fram Nursery vocational school – a kindergarten teachers’ training institution.

Agnes would like to share her Jolly Phonics experience with fellow teachers, teacher trainers and parents within East Africa through hands-on workshops and trainings. This would, in return help place a firm foundation in early literacy skills among children, thus combating the literacy problem that has remained an obstacle to many children’s steady learning progress today.

email:
nalubegaaggie@gmail.com
tel:
011256782466446
mobile:
011704466446
travel:
Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania

Nigeria

Training in Nigeria

Lagos

Training by Kemi Adebajo:

Jolly Phonics Training

Date: Thursday 24th and Friday 25th August, 2017

Time: 10am prompt

Venue: 25 Lucina Joseph Street, Off Yesufu Sanusi, Off Adeniran Ogunsanya, Surulere Lagos

You can learn more about how we use Jolly Phonics in our school. Check us out on Facebook here

For more information or to book a place, contact 08 023 053 064 or 09 090 000 810

Jolly Phonics in Nigeria

Jolly Phonics is currently being used in all government schools in Akwa Ibom state, after training was given and materials were donated to schools there in 2010. In late August 2011 there was a 2nd wave of teacher training at the University of Uyo for government Early Primary School teachers.

Jolly Phonics trials began in 6 schools in both Cross Rivers and Ebonyi states in September 2011. These trials were been arranged by our NGO partner there, Stepping Stones Nigeria. For more information on Stepping Stones Nigeria, visit www.stepping-stones.org.uk

In September 2011, the following achievements were made:

1,600 Primary 1 and 1,600 Primary 2 Teachers were trained in Jolly Phonics.

17 trainers carried out the training, funded by Jolly Learning Ltd.

114,600 copies of Jolly Phonics Pupil Book 1 were printed locally, and 1,000 high-quality copies of the Jolly Phonics Teacher’s Book were donated by Jolly Learning Ltd. These books are now ready for dispatch to the schools.

Louise Gittins talks about Jolly Phonics projects with Stepping Stones Nigeria

Stepping Stones“Following a successful pilot study in 2010, myself and the Stepping Stones Nigeria team will be holding training in Akwa Ibom for 1,993 Primary 1 teachers, refresher training for the 1,445 Primary 1 teachers trained during the pilot, and further training for 2,292 Primary 2 teachers in August 2011.

In Cross River State, Stepping Stones Nigeria has also been working closely with the Government and the University of Calabar to organize a pilot study. Jolly Phonics introductory training took place in Cross River in June, and further training for the monitoring team and teachers will take place in August. The pilot study will begin in September 2011, and will assess the reading skills of children taught using Jolly Phonics, against those taught using conventional methods.

Our projects have had such success that 5 other states in Nigeria are currently interested in beginning pilot studies into the effectiveness of Jolly Phonics.

To assist with difficulties that teachers have been facing when teaching Jolly Phonics in Nigeria, Stepping Stones Nigeria is currently creating a training video with Jolly Learning experts.

Africa Magic will also soon begin showing the Jolly Phonics TV programme throughout Africa, following a suggestion by Stepping Stones Nigeria.”

For more information on Stepping Stones Nigeria, visit www.stepping-stones.org.uk

 

Jolly Phonics was trialled in six state schools in Cross River State in Nigeria, starting in September 2012. The results of the pilot study, carried out by the University of Calabar and Stepping Stones Nigeria, demonstrated higher achievement on all nine measures used. This led to adoption of Jolly Phonics for all this state’s primary schools.

To download Cross River State research results, click here
To download Cross River State case study, click here

Phonic Fun in Kwara State, Nigeria

Akwa-Ibom-ClassThe 3-day Jolly Phonics training for the Kwara State trials were set off in grand style by the state’s Honourable Commissioner for Education, Alhaji  Raji Muhammed, the Permanent Secretaries of the Ministry of Education & SUBEB, Director PRS of the Ministry as well as other Senior Officers of both SUBEB and the Ministry. Taking place on the 17th- 20th April 2012, the training marked the start of a year-long trial in 6 pilot schools across Kwara state, with the hope of enabling the State Government to introduce Jolly Phonics to all schools in the state and giving thousands of children a better start in life.

The training was carried out by Jolly Trainer Kemi Adebajo, who has worked extensively across Nigeria and the world trying to bring literacy to as many children as possible. Kwara State School Improvement Team (SSIT) representative Augustine Adeyemi Adeoye said of Kemi that “The commitment she displayed in handing down the training distinguished her as a professional who understands and knows what she is doing when it comes to training others in Jolly phonics”.*

Chris Jolly, Managing Director of Jolly Learning, along with helping to arrange the training, has donated a started kit and complete class set of pupil books 1 and 2 to each of the schools taking part in the trial, and is committed to ensuring that the training is maintained past the first year. This trial follows in the footsteps of other successful trials across Nigeria,  and talks are currently in progress to arrange trials in Mexico.

SSIT Adeoye reports that: “[Honourable Commissioner for Education, Alhaji  Raji Muhammed] further described the philanthropist gesture of Christopher Jolly as great and unequalled. The Commissioner was amazed with the express manner with which the discussion between Christopher Jolly and his friend the High Commissioner to U.K yielded a great response from both parties.”*

Chris Jolly and Jolly Learning are continuing to work with the charity Stepping Stones Nigeria, a UK-based charity with a passion for defending and upholding the rights of children in the Niger Delta region, including their Read and Write Now! initiative.

* Quotes taken with permission from “A SUMMARY OF A 3DAY KWARA STATE JOLLY PHONICS TRAINING WORKSHOP HELD BETWEEN 17TH – 20THAPRIL, 2012″,  Augustine Adeyemi Adeoye, SSIT Kwara State.

Tanzania

Jolly Phonics in Tanzania

St Jude School ClassSusie Jolly, wife of Chris Jolly (publisher of the Jolly Phonics programme) recently visited The School of St Jude in Arusha, North Tanzania, where she met students and teachers to see how they were progressing with Jolly Phonics. The teachers told them that the children loved singing the Jolly Songs and doing the worksheets, and that their English had been steadily improving.

In 2002, Australian Gemma Sisia opened The School of St Jude in Arusha, North Tanzania with just three students and one teacher. Her vision to ‘fight poverty through education’ has grown rapidly since, and the school now educates approximately 1,500 students and achieves excellent academic records. In 2009 St Judes was ranked 21st best school nationally, out of over 15,000.

Offering free, high quality education, St Judes provides the brightest, yet poorest children in the area with the chance to develop their natural aptitudes. Their success will ultimately help change the situation of their family and community as well as the student.
To find out more about St Jude’s and find out how you can support them, please visit: www.schoolofstjude.co.tz

The Gambia

Jolly Phonics in the Gambia

Jolly Phonics has been recommended for all Lower Basic Schools for some time. Jolly Learning has donated Finger Phonics Big Books 1-7, Jolly Phonics Red Level Readers, Jolly Phonics Teachers Book and 40 copies of each of Jolly Phonics Pupil Books 1 and 2 to each of these schools. The container with these materials will arrive early September.

Jolly Phonics in action at Fry Kunda School

See how one six year old chil, Kodu uses her Jolly Phonics skills when reading.

Zanzibar

Jolly Phonics in Zanzibar

SOS Kindergarten in ZanzibarWhen Susie Jolly visited the SOS Kindergarten school in Zanzibar, she was surprised to see a mural of Snake on the wall! The school, established by a German NGO, has been using Jolly Phonics for 10 years now and according to the Principal Mrs Fatma Ali, the children have been progressing extremely well with it. Children start at the school at the age of 4 or 5 with almost no English, but are then taught spoken English, and eventually move on to being taught how to read and write entirely in the English medium. Having seen how extensively the teachers use the Finger Phonics Big Books with their classes, Susie has donated supplementary resources to them to help them further their wonderful teaching.