FHI 360 named winner in USAID's All Children Reading Grand Challenge

September 11, 2012

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC — FHI 360 was named a winner in USAID's All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development grant competition, which recognizes innovative interventions that promote literacy. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded the organization the grant to implement FHI 360's Timawerenga! We Can Read! program in Malawi.

Timawerenga! uses low-cost, low-tech, handmade methods to provide children with reading materials. The program emphasizes affordability and sustainability in education and literacy training, eliminating expensive printing and distribution costs by having teachers work with parents and older students and siblings to write and produce books for younger students. The program was one of 32 awardees selected by USAID out of 450 applicants.

"FHI 360 is proud to receive this recognition from All Children Reading," said FHI 360 senior education specialist Karen Wiener. "Timawarenga! will help to advance the goals of the Grand Challenge by providing students with access to instructionally appropriate reading materials in their native language. The low-cost distribution strategy ensures both sustainability and scalability and directly involves community members in the success of their young students."