International Literacy Day webinar: A holistic approach to reading

A young girl in Djibouti reads out loud from a picture book while seated next to her mother

Sept. 6, 2023
10–11 a.m. Eastern time

Online (Zoom)
The Djibouti Early Grade Reading Activity (DEGRA) project works with local civil society organizations and parent-teacher associations to promote more reading at home. Photo credit: Zineb Haddaji for FHI 360

Education is at the heart of sustainable development, and literacy is an essential step on the pathway toward the knowledge and critical thinking that allow us to advance social and economic equity.


To honor International Literacy Day, FHI 360 and Save the Children will host a webinar that will highlight how working with communities, engaging caregivers, promoting social and behavior change and implementing remediation approaches in a holistic approach can improve reading outcomes.


Literacy specialists will outline how projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by FHI 360 and Save the Children in Djibouti, Egypt and Senegal have used Reading Matters — a holistic reading framework — to open pathways to opportunity.



  • Julee Allen, FHI 360 Director, Global Education

Opening remarks:

  • Denise O’Toole, Education Division Chief/Acting YALI Coordinator, USAID/Africa Bureau/Sustainable Development

Holistic approaches to supporting and motivating children to read:

  • Nathalie Louge, FHI 360 Technical Advisor

Caregiver engagement:

  • Introductory remarks
    Claire Nerenhausen, USAID/Egypt, Acting Basic Education Team Lead in the Office of Education and Health
  • Strengthening caregiver and community engagement with reading: A localized approach
    Ismail Guedi, FHI 360 Technical Officer, Community Engagement and Mobilization, USAID Djibouti Early Reading Activity (DEGRA)
  • An intergenerational literacy model in Egypt: USAID’s Literate Village Project
    Gihan Abdelsayed, Save the Children, Technical Director, Literate Village

Community-supported remediation:

  • Impact of the USAID/Senegal Passerelles remediation program on reading outcomes
    Yvonne Cao, FHI 360 Associate Director, Data Capture, Utilization and Learning
    Rafael Contreras Gomez, FHI 360 Research Associate, Research and Evaluation
  • Catch-up club impact evaluation: Cross-country results
    Tim Murray, Save the Children U.S., Senior Director, Learning Outcomes

Questions and answers


Concluding remarks:

  • Yolande Miller-Grandvaux, FHI 360 Senior Strategy Advisor, Global Education
This webinar is co-hosted by: