Due to this amazing improvement over the course of just a year, quite many other pilots were accepted in different areas of the country.

The launch of English in Guinea Government Primary schools was held on September 16, 2019 at Ecole les DABADAINS in Conakry. The launch was hosted by the Minister of Education and honoured by the presence of the Guinea Prime Minister, Ibrahima Kassory Fofana and the Presidential Adviser supported by top officers of the Ministre de I’Education Nationale et de I’Alphabetisation (MENA) and other relevant government officials. The Prime Minister in his address confirmed the country’s need for English saying that the Jolly Phonics programme is in line with the President Alpha Conde’s vision of rebuilding the Guinean education system. Also, in attendance at the adoption conference were the CP 1 teachers and directors of schools in Conakry who would be part of the Jolly Phonics pilot project. The Jolly Phonics team at the Conference included Mr. Chris Jolly - the Publisher of Jolly Phonics and donor of learning resources and training for the project; Dr. Olubusola Eshiet, Director- Optimalpath Consulting/Project Director and delivery partner for Jolly Futures; Olufunmi Bankole, the Lead Trainer and Emile Akpa, the Jolly Phonics Manager for Cote D’Ivoire.


The project consisted of pilots in the following locations; Conakry, Boké, Kindia, Mamou, Labé, Kankan, Nzérékoré and Faranah

Pilot phase
Rollout phase
Sustainability phase

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Project Reports and Documents


Project Contacts


Olufunmi Bankole

Lead Trainer, Optimalpath Consulting LTD


Project Partners

Optimalpath Consulting, UK, is a not-for-profit organisation that is managing the implementation of the Jolly Phonics project in Guinea. Optimalpath Consulting manages several similar projects in countries such as Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana, to mention but a few.