Nigeria: 'N2bn spent on introduction of Jolly phonics in schools ―UBEC'

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Nigeria: 'N2bn spent on introduction of Jolly phonics in schools ―UBEC'

Postby Debbie_Hepplewhite » Sun May 20, 2018 9:02 pm

Reported in the Nigerian Tribune, wide-scale take up of Jolly Phonics through collaboration between the Federal Government, the Universal Basic Education Commission, Universal Learning Solutions and Chris Jolly of Jolly Learning Ltd: ... n-schools-―ubec/

THE Universal Basic Education Commission has revealed that the Federal Government has invested about N2 billion on the introduction of Jolly Phonics teaching method in schools across the country.

Jolly phonics is fun and child-centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating to children and teachers, who can see their students achieve.

The fund was provided to the State Governments for implementation of the Jolly Phonic project in schools by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) under its teacher professional development fund.

Public Relations Officer of UBEC, Mr Ossom Ossom, who confirmed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, said as at March 2018, State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) had utilized funds from UBEC’s Teacher Professional Development (TPD) to the tune of N2,096,332,326.00 (N1,190,148,461.00 in 2015 and N906,183,865.00 in 2016) in the Jolly Phonics project in 31 states.

He said UBEC has been commended by leading educationists from across the world for its outstanding initiatives and collaboration with Universal Learning Solutions in the fight against illiteracy in the country through the fast-track English literacy method –Jolly Phonics.

Ossom said the landmark achievements were recorded through a partnership with the UK-based educational publisher – Jolly Learning Ltd, and the not-for-profit organisation, Universal Learning Solutions.

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