Karen Bridges is an experienced British teacher who has spent two years teaching in a village school in the Ashanti region. Not only has she taught with Jolly Phonics but she has trained the local teachers. She saw literacy rates in the school jump from 2% to 50% in just one term. Now she gives training more widely in Ghana, and balances her time between Ghana and the UK.
Dorcas Baffoe-Bonnie has been teaching with Jolly Phonics for many years at Bishop Bowers School in Accra where she has seen 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.
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.
Janet graduated from the University of Ghana with B.A.(Hons) in Spanish and Political Science and also has a French background. She taught the Reception class using Jolly Phonics for four years and has also taught in several international schools within Ghana. She currently works as a consultant for a number of preschools in Tema and teaches part-time at Nouvel Community Academy. She has done a course in Basic Montessori and currently reading an online certificate course in Psychology and Fundamentals of Storytelling in Education for Teachers and Trainers. She eager to help bring better quality teaching to every school in Ghana. She can offer training anywhere in Ghana, or beyond.
Rose has had over twenty years of teaching experience in Singapore with children from ages eighteen months to six years. She has found that Jolly Phonics has been an advantage to imparting her knowledge to all she meets. Presently, she is based in the Central region of Ghana and is open to extending her services to the other parts of Ghana too. She is also ready should her services be required to travel overseas as well. Rose is looking forward to sharing her adventures of Jolly Phonics with people and helping them to discover this unique journey to exploring reading and writing.
Nishma 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.
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.
Yvonne is an experienced teacher who first qualified in Britain, where she first came across Jolly Phonics in 2000. She is passionate improving child literacy standards in Spain and has helped to develop second-language resources for teaching children. She is eager to help teachers across Spain bring fun and multi-sensory lessons to their classrooms and she really believes that Jolly Phonics is the best programme to do this.
Yvonne is also available to give training in Morocco.
Tina Udoji is a trained teacher with many years of classroom experience. She is a British Council certified professional in British education with a first degree in Education, a Masters in Early Childhood Education and an international Diploma in Montessori Method of Education. Tina has given Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar trainings since 2002 to so many teachers throughout Nigeria including Lagos, Abuja, Portharcourt, Uyo, Enugu, Benin City and Asaba. Her determination to improve Nigerian children’s reading and writing skills explains the very close relationship she has with Jolly Phonics which has existed in Nigeria since 2000.
Tina is also the exclusive distributor of Jolly Phonics in Nigeria.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Sainey 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.
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.
“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.
The 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.
Susie 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
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.
See how one six year old chil, Kodu uses her Jolly Phonics skills when reading.
When 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.