Jolly Phonics is having a positive impact on literacy levels in Ethiopia

Together We Learn (TWL) has been working with teachers to use synthetic phonics since 2013 and conducted its first pilots with schools in Gondar and Bishoftu in 2014. The Jolly Phonics lessons received lots of positive feedback from the education office, teachers, students and from TWL’s local project managers and TWL were able to see a jump in the reading age of participating students after one year.


There are currently Jolly Phonics pilots in 3 regions of Ethiopia

Pilot phase
Rollout phase
Sustainability phase

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Project Reports and Documents


LE Early Years English Improvement Project Yr 1- Jolly Phonics Report.pdf

Project Contacts

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Rory Dillon

Projects and Programmes Manager, Together We Learn

Projects: Amhara

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Elsa Kebede

Country Director, Together We Learn – Ethiopia

Projects: Amhara

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Zemene Mersha

Projects Manager – Gondar office, Together We Learn – Ethiopia

Projects: Amhara

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Luwam Araya Bahibi

Jolly Phonics Trainer, Jolly Futures Manager and Educational Consultant

Projects: Various

Project Partners

Together We Learn is a charity working to increase access to high quality education for children in Ethiopia. They have been working with Ethiopian schools and school communities for over 20 years.