Jolly Phonics was found to significantly improve early grade reading scores in Cameroon's schools

Universal Learning Solutions has previously worked with the Ministry for Education in Cameroon and Jolly Learning Ltd to deliver two previous stages of the Jolly Phonics project in the country. The first pilot stage was delivered in 2014 and 2015, with smaller scale pilots of the Jolly Phonics method in partnership with the University of Bamenda, whose most recent 2018 evaluation highlighted that: “In all of the sections of the assessment Jolly Phonics taught children out-performed the control children dramatically.”


A small rollout to 100 schools took place in 2018 in Cameroon, and there are plans to scale to many more schools in the near future.

Pilot phase
Rollout phase
Sustainability phase

Project Reports and Documents

2 page overview of Jolly Phonics pilot in Cameroon copy.pdf

A pilot of the Jolly Phonics programme in Cameroon - FINAL copy.pdf

Project Contacts

Gary Foxcroft

Gary Foxcroft

Director, Universal Learning Solutions

Projects: All nationwide

Project Partners

Universal Learning Solutions is a not-for-profit organisation that is managing the implementation of the Jolly Futures projects in Cameroon and several other countries, including Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. Its vision is of a world where all children can read and write with confidence and enjoy their right to learn.