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District Adoptions in Sikkim, India

June 14, 2022

The quality of education has always been a key concern and driver to the government’s policies in Sikkim. All the government schools are affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Examinations (CBSE) board with English as the medium of instruction. The District Collector, Mr Karma Bonpo of West Sikkim, was impressed with the presentation given by Ms Neeti Nagarkar and decided to implement Jolly Phonics in all the schools in Geyzing & Soreng districts. The training was conducted in November 2021 by Neeti Nagarkar, Preeti Lodaya, Jasmeet Arora, Anagha Bahulikar and Nikita Kashyap. 412 teachers from 228 schools together with 10 Block Officials received Jolly Phonics training. The Additional District Collector, Mr Rohan Agawane, graced the inaugural event with a motivational speech for the teachers. The Joint Director and the Assistant Direstor (Department of Primary Education) were also present throughout the training sessions. In a short span of 4 months the children have shown a remarkable progress in their reading abilities.

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National Jolly Phonics Rollout in Namibia

March 14, 2022

To mark the launch of the national Jolly Phonics rollout in February 2022, the Ministry of Education provided a unique 5-day training covering the Jolly Phonics, Jolly Grammar 1 and 2 and the Jolly Monitor programmes. This was for all Senior Education officials in the Junior Primary Phase, country-wide. Executive Director at the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp officially launched the Jolly Phonics rollout with a moving and motivational speech. There was excellent national and regional press coverage.

From the 14th February to the 10th March 2022 the Jolly Futures training team delivered 56 batches of training for 2584 grade 1 teachers. Extensive donations from Jolly Learning Ltd enabled each cohort of teachers to receive 2.5 days of Jolly Phonics training as well as teacher and classroom materials and pupil books for 90,000 grade 1 learners. There was an impressive 97% attendance rate across the country. In an evaluation form a teacher wrote “We feel privileged to get this training and materials". Regional Education Officials showed dedication and commitment in the preparation and the delivery of trainings in each of the 14 regions.

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Oshana region is leading the way with Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar in Namibia!

November 19, 2021

The dedicated Director of Education for Oshana region, Madam Hileni Amukana, found a way to ensure progression from the strong foundation of Jolly Phonics, by arranging for 300 grade 2 and 3 teachers to be trained in Jolly Grammar level 1 and 2. The four day training event was a great success. Experienced trainers Liz de Gouveia and Valma Adams from South Africa joined Sian Summers Issa, from Kenya, to train these junior primary teachers in the multi sensory Jolly Grammar programme. The teachers were actively engaged in all the games and activities which make the grammar programme informative and fun! The team were delighted to have key stakeholders from the Ministry of Education, the National Institute for Educational Development (NIED) and Professional and Quality Assurance (PQA) who also participated actively and recommend the use of both Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar across all primary schools in Namibia. The last cohorts of Jolly Grammar training also included Senior Education Officials from the majority of the 14 regions. These committed members were keen to gain a greater understanding of the Jolly Programmes in advance of the national advocacy event.

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Large Pilot Study in Kenya

October 26, 2021

Universal Learning Solutions' County Director Sian Summers Issa and Jackline Karisa delivered three days of Jolly Phonics teacher training in Kericho and Narok at the beginning of October. Over 60 teachers and Head Teachers attended from the selected Pre-Primary schools attended. Before the end of the first day of training the teachers were already engaged and excited by the programme. Many were disappointed it was the school holiday and they could not go straight to their classes to teach! The trainers were warmly welcomed and hosted by the Anglican Churches of Kenya in both counties. The Arch Bishop was one of the guests of honour and he delivered a motivational speech for the teachers.

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