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Searching for Assistance with Phonics Initiative in Nigeria

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 1:42 pm
by naomifoxcroft
Hi, I am a primary school teacher and the education officer of a child's rights and education charity that works in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. We are based in Lancaster, UK. I am currenlty leading the planning and implementation of a very exciting synthetic phonics initiative that will hopefully make a massive difference to the lives of thousands of children in Akwa Ibom State Nigeria. We have already carried out a fascinating pilot study with 5 Nigerian schools which showed very positive results. As my work is totally voluntary and I have a 6 month old baby, the project is proving to be rather a challenge! I am therefore searching for someone who might be able to support me with this project, ideally giving up their time for 2/3 days a week at our charity office in Lancaster UK. If you are able to help me at all or know of someone who might be interested in volunteering please do send me a message. Thanks!

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:50 pm
by Susan Godsland
Welcome to the message board, Naomi.

I've found some more information about your synthetic phonics project in Nigeria:

This is the pilot study paper: ... Skills.doc

Re. getting someone to help in your office- have you contacted your local volunteering organisation?

Best of luck with the project, it sounds really worthwhile :smile:

found someone

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 1:17 pm
by naomifoxcroft
Hi Susan,
Thanks for posting the links for me. I think I have found someone to help me with the research side of the project. I 'm sure she will be coming to RRF for support at some point though as she is quite new to synthetic phonics.
I will keep eveyone posted on the project as it progresses.

Re: Searching for Assistance with Phonics Initiative in Nigeria

Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:47 am
by Susan Godsland
Latest on the Nigerian Stepping Stones project:

Re: Searching for Assistance with Phonics Initiative in Nigeria

Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:35 pm
by naomifoxcroft
Hello all,

Just to let you know that our "Read and Write Now" initative in Akwa Ibom state is progressing well. Sue LLoyd and I travelled to Lagos in July 2010 to train 40+ existing Nigerian Jolly phonics teachers/ trainers to become competent Jolly Phonics trainers. Some of the participants are really very good, and others made fantastic progress. It was extremely useful as we now have a register of all their abilities and training needs.

Interestingly we found that the areas that they struggled with most were understanding what a consonant blend is, and that this is two sounds not one, and also counting sounds. Many also found magic e tricky. They also found it very difficult to compose sentences which contained sounds / words that had been taught to the children. Often these sentences made very little sense as they just chose words that they knew were "allowed" and forgot to check for meaning.

The next step is the training of 1700 Primary 1 teachers and head teachers next week at the University of Uyo which is very exciting indeed. I include a link about this event below.

Also does anybody know anyone who might be able to give academic support to our partner university in Nigeria? They want their research into the success of this project to be as rigorous as possible and they really need some guidance on controls to put into place etc etc. Perhaps a PHD student or retired but interested lecturer could help? They are basically trying to compare the reading ability of children who do not use synthetic phonics with those who who do with this project.

Here are the links to articles: ... nitiative/

Re: Searching for Assistance with Phonics Initiative in Nigeria

Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:56 pm
by chew8
Hi Naomi -

I'm wondering whether Prof. Rhona Johnston (Univ. of Hull) or Prof. Morag Stuart (London Institute of Education) might be able to help, e.g. by way of recommending a PhD. student. Both are kindly disposed towardsJolly Phonics, having done research on it. You could either make contact with them directly (you can get their e-mail addresses by googling, I think) or send me a brief summary of what you have in mind which I could forward to them.

Jenny C.

Re: Searching for Assistance with Phonics Initiative in Nigeria

Posted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:36 pm
by naomifoxcroft
Thanks Jenny,

Morag and I met together with the Nigerian academics in March, so I have contacted her already, but I shall also try Rhona Johnston - a good idea! Thank you,

I shall carry on updating on this forum,

Many thanks,

Naomi :smile: