KenyaWith excellent results in Kilifi and Tana River, there is growing interest in Jolly Futures in Kenya.
Project Start Date2015
Implementing PartnerUniversal Learning Solutions (UK) and Literacy Learning Solutions Kenya (LTD)
Department of Education Kilifi County Government, Department of Education Tana River County Government, Department of Education Taita Taveta County Government, Collaboration with Kenya Private Schools Association, Pwani University and Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development (KICD)
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.
In 2020, Tana River County followed, again with a rollout to over 380 schools. Both of these projects initially benefitted from the Jolly Futures donations stated here, but the local County Governments have taken ownership of the project, meaning that more activities are still being implemented to strengthen and sustain the projects. Government, and other donor funding have also ensured that a holistic project model has been implemented, including the monitoring and mentoring of teachers, phonics screening checks for pupils, additional materials, trainings for officials and more. As a result, Jolly Futures in Kenya is consistently improving English literacy levels. In 2021, a pilot study in Taita Taveta County was initiated.
In addition to this, a strong alliance with the Kenya Private Schools Association has been formed, where over 2700 private school teachers have also been trained to implement Jolly Phonics in hundreds of private schools in Kilifi County. The demand for Jolly Phonics has led to the development of a strong team of experienced Kenyan Jolly Phonics trainers. Their commitment to teaching Jolly Phonics was recognised during different pilot projects and they have since been trained to become professional trainers. Their experience led them to Cape Town in 2020, where they trained hundreds of South African teachers.
Jolly Phonics has been rolled out across Kilifi and Tana River Counties, and is being piloted in Taita Taveta County.
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Sian Summers IssaKenya Country Director, Universal Learning Solutions & Jolly Phonics Trainer
Projects: All nationwide