There have been Jolly Futures rollouts in 25 Districts so far, with several more expected to be added in 2021 and 2022

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).


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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Project Contacts

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Shainaz Jussa

Founder & Director, Phonickids

Projects: Nagaland

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Dr. SV Gomathi

Jolly Futures Project Manager

Projects: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana

Project Partners

Dr. S.V. Gomathi, Professional Jolly Phonics Trainer, Navi Mumbai and the first trainer to use Jolly Phonics in India. She conducted various research studies related to school education along with Prof. James Tooley and Pauline Dixon from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. Education International Foundation is a non-profit organisation in Hyderabad. It is run by Prof. Lalini Varanasi the former Dean of Faculty of Education in Osmania University. The organisation supports Jolly Futures work through recommendations to the government and supporting documentation. Jolly Futures CIC is a UK-registered social enterprise that has been established to manage the overall implementation of the Jolly Futures Programme. Jolly Futures supports Implementing Partners and directly partners with government to ensure high-quality projects that achieve results.