International Day of the Girl Roundtable

A woman wearing a blue top and red scarf sits behind the wheel of a three-wheeled vehicle

October 5, 2023
9:30–11 a.m. Eastern time; 14:30–16:00 UTC/GMT+1

Palmo Bulon steers a Safa tempo, an electric public transit vehicle that was introduced in Kathmandu, Nepal, in response to rising air pollution. Through USAID Clean Air, FHI 360 worked with local partners to design a training program that helps women from under-resourced communities become licensed Safa tempo drivers. Credit: Pramin Manandhar for FHI 360

Voices, Stories, Actions: Adolescent Girls Using Education to Fight Climate Change


Join FHI 360’s celebration of International Day of the Girl by participating in a virtual roundtable on how adolescent girls use education to combat climate change and promote gender equality. FHI 360 will host this dynamic, interactive event alongside the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO); U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).


Participants will discuss the role of education in sparking and supporting grassroots movements led by adolescents, including marginalized girls, to increase understanding of how climate change affects their communities and how education can reinforce adaptation practices. The roundtable will feature young leaders from Bolivia, Egypt, Nepal and Zambia, who will share their experiences in using education to fight climate change. By amplifying their voices, stories and actions, the roundtable seeks to inspire change, foster partnerships, and promote a more resilient and climate-smart education agenda.


Engage in this enlightening conversation and hear how adolescent girls around the world are working to create enduring change in their communities.


Introductions and welcome Dr. Tessie San Martin, CEO, FHI 360

Dr. Yolande Miller-Grandvaux, Senior Strategy Advisor, Global Education, FHI 360
Youth panel Shreesha Nankhwa, Social and Behavior Change Communication Officer, FHI 360 (moderator)

Maithy Capuma, Teacher, Activist, Social Model Advisor and Facilitator, META Planeta Member, Interamerican Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development, Bolivia

Dina Said, STEM Student Graduate, USAID STEM Teacher Education and School Strengthening activity, Egypt

Chise Kabungo, Agriculture and Learner Guide, Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED), Zambia
Panel discussion LeAnna Marr, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Acting Senior Coordinator of United States International Basic Education Assistance, USAID

Judith Herbertson, Head of the Girls’ Education department, FCDO

Ingrid Sánchez-Tapia, Global Lead – Climate Change and Education Senior Adviser, UNICEF
Audience Q&A