With excellent results in Kilifi and Tana River, there is growing interest in Jolly Futures in Kenya.

In 2015, the first Jolly Phonics pilot study was conducted in 6 government schools in the coastal Kilifi County, with astounding results. Further successful pilots at both pre-primary and primary level were then conducted in 2017 and 2018, in partnership with Pwani University. As a result, in 2019, Kilifi County was the first county in Kenya to adopt Jolly Phonics in all public Pre-Primary schools. This rollout was managed by our implementing partner, Universal Learning Solutions, and reached over a 680 public pre-primary schools.


Jolly Phonics has been rolled out across Kilifi and Tana River Counties, and is being piloted in Taita Taveta County.

Pilot phase
Rollout phase
Sustainability phase

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Project Reports and Documents

Kilifi Jolly Phonics Case Study 2017- 2019.pdf

Project Contacts

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Sian Summers Issa

Kenya Country Director, Universal Learning Solutions & Jolly Phonics Trainer

Projects: All nationwide

Project Partners

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