South AfricaSuccessful pilots in both Eastern and Western Cape provinces lead to full rollouts in 2019 and 2020..
Project Start Date2018
Implementing PartnerUniversal Learning Solutions
Provincial Departments of Education
Eastern Cape Province was the first province in South Africa to implement Jolly Phonics in all public Primary schools in English as a First Additional language (EFAL). In 2018, the Jolly Phonics pilot study was conducted in 6 government schools in the Eastern Cape Province with very good results. The sampled pilot which were identified and supported throughout the year. The Endline Test results showed a remarkable increase in the learner’s proficiency in the test scores for letter recognition, word & passage reading and comprehension. In 2019, Jolly Phonics was rolled out by the implementing partner, Universal Learning Solutions. where 3598 grade 1 teachers were trained in Jolly Phonics across the 23 districts in the Eastern Cape. This province had benefitted from the Jolly Futures donations of all the materials supplied to teachers and learners. Western Cape was also involved with the pilot study in 2018 and the good results motivated the province to implement Jolly Phonics in 2020. Training was completed in all 8 districts in January 2020 and 1212 grade 1 teachers were trained to implement Jolly Phonics as English, Home language. ULS have provided on-going mentoring, remote refresher training and daily lessons in response to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic.
Kwa Zulu Natal(KZN) pilot in 2019 showed a remarkable increase in the learner’s progress across the 5 areas of the early grade reading assessment. The KZN province has committed to implementing Jolly Phonics in 2022, due to the disruption of the pandemic in 2020 & 202. There have been several other successful pilots in Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and Limpopo which will lead to full rollouts in the future.
The implementing provinces, Western Cape and Eastern Cape have committed to provide anecdotal and evidence based reports on showcasing best teaching & learning practices of Jolly phonics across the schools in the different districts in these provinces. The remaining provinces, Gauteng, Free state and Northern Province will also be part of our strategy to initiate advocacy meetings which are planned during 2021.
6 out of 9 provinces in South Africa are using Jolly Phonics at various stages of implementation.
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Daisy ReddySouth Africa Country Director, Universal Learning Solutions
Projects: All nationwide
Gary FoxcroftCEO, Universal Learning Solutions
Projects: All nationwide