IndiaThere have been Jolly Futures rollouts in 25 Districts so far, with several more expected to be added in 2021 and 2022
Project Start Date2014
Implementing PartnerShainaz Jussa (Nagaland) , Dr SV Gomathi (other states)
Tamil Nadu: Chief Education Officer in each district is the Head of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, District Education Officer and Block Education Officer Telangana: Collector of the District and District Education Officer. Karnataka: Principal Secretary of Karnataka state, DDPI (Deputy Director of Public Instruction) and Principal of DIET (District Institute of Education and Training) of Ramnagara district.
Nilgiri is the first district where the pilot study in government schools was conducted in the year 2014. This is a tribal district in Tamil Nadu. This district is known for its nature and beauty. Mr. Ganesh Moorty, “I am pleased with the way the children were blending the words. They could read any bigger word given to them. The entire class was able to answer. I was thinking may be one or two children knows to read. Surprised! I found all the children in the class could read every word I gave them. They read the 72 tricky words given by Jolly Phonics. I would like to roll-out this programme to benefit all the government primary school children in Nilgiri district.” This is how the first intervention for Jolly Futures in India started. It was appreciated. The roll-out in Nilgiri was in the academic year 2015-16. This roll-out had helped the word to spread to the neighbouring states. The programme was observed by the state training coordinators and other officials. Pilot studies in Tamil Nadu were conducted (Tirunelveli, Thanjavur, Krishnagir, Kanyakumari and Cuddalore blocks), Karnataka (Bangalore South – Vijayanagar Block and Anekel block) and Telangana (Mahabub Nagar and Medchal district). The children in pilot study scored well. The programme was recommended to the state for roll-out in the district. The selective districts in Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Karnataka were part of the roll-out. The state showed interest in scaling it to all the government primary schools in the state, particularly in Karnataka. The second roll-out was in the academic year 2018-19 in Tamil Nadu (Krishnagiri, Cuddalore, Ramanathapuram, Kanyakumari and Erode).
In the year 2019-20, the roll-out was in selective districts of three states, Tamil Nadu (Tiruvannamalai, Salem, Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts), Telangana (Mahabub Nagar and Narayanpet districts) and Karnataka (Ramnagara district).
The impact of Jolly Phonics has been noted and this has spread across all the states where it was being implemented . Now, the government schools are competing with the private schools. The government school teachers gave exceptionally good feedback about the programme. They said that the programme helped them to learn to teach English in a playful method.
The academic year of 2021-2022 will see further rollouts in the following locations; Odisha - four districts (Ganjam, Keonjhar, Khurdha and Nayaghar); in Karnataka in three districts (Kalburgi, Raichur and Yadagiri) and one district in Tamil Nadu, Tiruppur.
Between 2015 and 2019, Jolly Phonics was rolled out to all schools in Nagaland and to all schools in 13 districts of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana.
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Shainaz JussaFounder & Director, Phonickids
Dr. SV GomathiJolly Futures Project Manager
Projects: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana