The Kaduna State Government, in collaboration with Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and Universal Learning Solutions (ULS), has commenced a three-day training on jolly phonics for 3,000 primary one teachers, 1,000 head teachers and 100 support officials.
The State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) in collaboration with the ULS had in September trained 960 primary-one teachers and 40 education officials on jolly phonics.
Jolly phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics.
According to the Country Director of ULS, Patrick Uzu, the basic skills in jolly phonics include learning the letter sounds, letter formation, blending, identifying sounds in words as well as tricky words.
The child centered approach and multi-sensory method, he said, is very motivating for children and teachers. “Our goal is to ensure that every pupil going to primary three is able to read and write,” he said.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Malam Ja’afaru Sani, said: “We value the services of teachers in the state. As such, we will continue to organize training as regularly as possible so as to upgrade the knowledge of our teachers.”
The commissioner disclosed that the state service board had advertised for the recruitment of 7,600 teachers for public secondary schools in the state.