[wpedon id=”734″ align=”center”]The Kilifi County government has taken a giant step towards eradicating illiteracy in the County by partnering with the UK not-for-profit organisation – Universal Learning Solutions – and educational publisher – Jolly Learning Ltd – to train their government school teachers in the fast-track English literacy method – Jolly Phonics.
Jolly Phonics is the world’s leading synthetic phonics programme. With Jolly Phonics the pupils are first taught the 42 letter sounds of English at a fast pace. At the same time, they are taught how to ‘blend’ those sounds together to read words (so d-o-g makes ‘dog’), write words by segmenting the words into its sounds, and correctly form the letters for those sounds. The letter sounds are introduced through culturally appropriate stories, songs and actions that engage children and make learning the sounds multi-sensory, memorable and fun.
Following a successful pilot project in 2017 and 2018, which saw pupils reading ages increasing by up to two years and two months in comparison to nine months in control schools, the project has now been rolled out to all public pre-primary schools in Kilifi County and has seen similarly spectacular results.
Prof Gabriel Katana Gona, County Executive Committee Member, Education and ICT of Kilifi County, said: “We are delighted to be the first County in Kenya to adopt the Jolly Phonics methodology in our public pre-primary schools. This has seen a positive and drastic change in the literacy levels of the County. The reality of our primary age children not being able to read is changing as we see our pre-primary children reading and writing with confidence. This leading International methodology is one that has the potential to radical improve the literacy levels of our pupils. The Kilifi County Government is proud to be the host of this ground-breaking initiative and look forward to continuing our collaboration with our key partners”.