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World Read Aloud Day: ‘161,379 Teachers trained on Jolly Phonics

No fewer than 161,379 public school teachers have been trained on the jolly phonics teaching method as part of efforts to provide functional education in the country.

Jolly Phonics is a fun and child-centered approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics, with actions for each of the 42 letter sounds.

The country Director of the Universal Learning Solution (ULS) Mr Patrick Uzu, stated this in Abuja during the commemoration of ‘World Read Aloud Day,’ organised by Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in collaboration with ULS.

World Read Aloud Day, which is being recognised on February 2 every year, is to motivate children, teens, and adults to celebrate the power of words to show that the right to read and write belongs to all people.

Uzu said, “In total 161,379 public school teachers and 6,107 government officials have now received training reaching 13.2 million pupils.

“The Jolly Phonics methodology is widely recognized as being the most effective tool to enable learners to develop the skills required to read and write confidently in the English language.

The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary Technical, Prof. Bala Zakari said the World Read Aloud Day aims at expanding children interest in books, vocabularies, comprehension, grammar, and attention which could be seen as a free vaccine for literacy.

He said, “The benefit of Reading Aloud to Children and Adults includes; bringing about emotional escape in stories, if parents could read to their children for a few minutes every day, helping to regulate their emotions and also help them learn how to better express themselves.

“Children who spend time reading aloud are more likely to understand different people and cultures, helping the development of empathy, and deepens their imagination, improving parents emotional regulations and stronger bond with their skills, children, and finally bringing about confidence everywhere.”

Editing by Daniel Adejo.