South Africa

Successful pilots in both Eastern and Western Cape provinces lead to full rollouts in 2019 and 2020..

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.


6 out of 9 provinces in South Africa are using Jolly Phonics at various stages of implementation.

Pilot phase
Rollout phase
Sustainability phase

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Project Contacts

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Daisy Reddy

South Africa Country Director, Universal Learning Solutions

Projects: All nationwide

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Gary Foxcroft

CEO, Universal Learning Solutions

Projects: All nationwide

Project Partners

Universal Learning Solutions 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. Its vision is of a world where all children can read and write with confidence and enjoy their right to learn.