Prekebena 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.
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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.
Stella is a teacher and educator with over twenty years 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, 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, providing training for many teachers. She has also led a Jolly Grammar pilot study in Akwa Ibom State.
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.
Tina is also the exclusive distributor of Jolly Phonics products in Nigeria.
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.
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.
Training by Kemi Adebajo:
Jolly Phonics Training
Date: Saturday 29th April and Monday 1st May, 2017
Time: 10am prompt
Venue: 25 Lucina Joseph Street, Off Yesufu Sanusi, Off Adeniran Ogunsanya, Surulere Lagos
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For more information or to book a place, contact 08 023 053 064 or 09 090 000 810
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.