Interest peaked in Jolly Phonics as a method for improving literacy levels.

Jolly Phonics trainers felt that the low literacy levels in many Ugandan schools could be improved through the use of the Jolly Phonics program. In 2017, the first Jolly Phonics pilot was successfully conducted in 6 schools in Masaka Municipality. The impact of this pilot for improving pupils' literacy levels and English language skills was notably appreciated by teachers and local education officers. It was recognised as an effective way of helping learners to achieve reading and writing independence at a very early stage. Due to these amazing results, over the course of just a year, many other pilots were accepted in different areas of the country.


Pilot projects were completed in Mbale Municipality, Mukone Municipality, Luwero District and Western – Isingiro District. Rollouts were successful in Masaka Municipality, Bukomansimbi District, Jinja Municipality and Nakawa Division (Kampala). Central – Makindye Division pilot followed by rollout,

Pilot phase
Rollout phase
Sustainability phase

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Project Reports and Documents


Project Contacts

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Luwam Araya Bahibi

Jolly Phonics Trainer, Jolly Futures Manager and Educational Consultant

Projects: Various

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Nalubega Agnes

Director Smart Teachers' Toolbox-Uganda

Projects: Masaka Municipality, Bukomansimbi District, Jinja Municipality, Mbale Municipality, Mukono Municipality, Nakawa Division – Kampala, Luwero District

Project Partners

Jolly Futures CIC is a UK-registered social enterprise that has been established to manage the overall implementation of the Jolly Futures Programme. Jolly Futures supports Implementing Partners and directly partners with government to ensure high-quality projects that achieve results.