Sierra LeoneA national rollout of Jolly Phonics has been approved for Sierra Leone
Project Start Date2018
Implementing PartnerOlusola Kemi Oladapo-Tonade
Sierra Leonne District and City Councils; Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE)
The Jolly Phonics Project in Sierra Leone commenced in October 2018 with a pilot project in Bo District. This was closely followed by pilot projects in Bonthe, Bombali, Kenema, Kailahun, Karene and Port Loko Districts. Following the successful completion of the pilot in 42 schools in 7 districts of Sierra Leone, the then Minister of Basic & Secondary School Education, Alpha Timbo, approved a countrywide rollout of Jolly Phonics for the 2019/2020 academic year.
The training was scheduled to hold in 8 of sixteen districts in Sierra Leone; this was extended to 9 districts as the training progressed. Koinadugu and a small fraction of Western Rural were the new districts in the rollout. Still on the rollout, we had the first phase of the training for two other districts – Kambia and Moyamba, in February, 2021.
In Sierra Leone, Primary 1 pupils are now taught with Jolly Phonics are reading better than their counterparts whose teachers have not been trained. Teachers are now more confident to teach reading skills. Pupils are happy to learn and look forward to English lessons. Monitoring Officers are impressed at the progress.
4 out of 5 regions in Sierra Leone have started to roll out Jolly Phonics
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Olusola Kemi Oladapo-TonadeSierra Leone Country Director & Jolly Phonics Trainer
Projects: All nationwide