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Engaging Male Caregivers to Improve Reading Outcomes in Honduras

April 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

father reading with childEducation Development Center, Inc. (EDC) will share results from a qualitative study on male caregiver engagement in Honduras carried out under the USAID-funded Honduras Reading Activity (also known as De Lectores a Líderes in Spanish). The study included an analysis of the barriers Honduran fathers and other male caregivers face, identified promising entry points for increasing these caregivers’ participation in their children’s education.

The webcast will analyze community engagement with a gender lens, considering fathers as key actors in the education process. Presenters will explore the need to shift gender roles and social norms to promote positive masculinities — particularly in conflict and crisis-affected regions. The discussion will offer insights for stakeholders doing research and programming in education and gender generally, and in particular in Central America.  Presenters will discuss the significance of working with diverse actors to adapt systems, policies and activities to promote men’s increased engagement in education.


Webcast Presenters

Yolande Miller-Grandvaux, USAID Washington

Dr. Yolande Miller-Grandvaux is the Senior Education Advisor for Gender Empowerment and Education in USAID’s Office of Education. She is currently laying out the foundation for incorporating gender into USAID’s education sector portfolio. From 2015 to 2018 she was the USAID Education Lead for Let Girls Learn , a United States Government initiative dedicated to increasing adolescent girls’ education attainment, she developed an approach and programs that combine learning, empowering and leadership for adolescent girls across the world. From 2005 to 2015 she played a crucial role in developing both the global and USAID agenda for education in fragile states. She led the education, conflict and crisis portfolio for USAID and co-founded the Interagency Working Group on Education and Fragility, which spearheads the global policy dialogue on education sector planning and research in conflict-affected environments. After obtaining her PhD from Princeton University, Dr Miller-Grandvaux spent 10 years working in Africa as Chief of Party for multiple USAID-funded education projects. When she came back from Africa she realized that very few education experts knew about community-based education, so she authored a number of publications on the role of NGOs in education in Africa.  From Timbuctoo to Kabul, she continues to promote education for the marginalized and the excluded to foster gender equality and empowerment. In her spare time, Yolande MIller-Grandvaux is an avid runner and skier and can be spotted on the running trails of Virginia or the mountain slopes of Utah. You can follow her on Twitter at @YMGrandvaux.


Yolande Miller-Grandvaux

Grazzia Maria Mendoza Chirinos, USAID Honduras

Grazzia Maria Mendoza Chirinos has 25 years of experience in the education sector and currently serves as a Project Management Specialist (Basic Education) in the USAID Honduras Education Office. Ms. Mendoza Chirinos holds two master’s degrees, one in International Education from Framingham University, and the other in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Francisco Morazán National Pedagogical University. In 2010, Ms. Mendoza Chirinos became an accredited teacher trainer certified through the Fulbright Scholar Service Learning program and the School for International Training World Learning program. She has worked at all levels of the education system with different institutions in Honduras, conducting translation, tutoring and teaching, developing curriculum, and managing coordination and administrative activities for different English programs. She has worked with human rights NGOs to collect data on all forms of violence in Honduras. Ms. Mendoza Chirinos is currently conducting research on the use of the competency-based approach to teaching languages. Additionally, she founded the Honduran English Language Teachers Association (HELTA Honduras) in Honduras in 2014 with a team of 11 people. The Association aims to promote sound practices for language teaching and organize and manage training workshops and conference projects for English teachers across Honduras. Ms. Mendoza Chirinos serves as the Gender and Social Inclusion Point of Contact for USAID Honduras’ Education Development Office Activities and provides oversight to activities within the Education Development Office Portfolio related to basic education and teacher training.

Grazzia Mendoza

José Acevedo, Educational Researcher, Honduras

Dr. José Acevedo has worked in the education sector for more than three decades. He obtained a PhD in Social Sciences and Development Management and a MSc in Economics and Development Planning from the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), where he also taught social science courses for more than 30 years. Previously, Dr. Acevedo provided research and management support to Catholic Relief Services’ education projects in Honduras. As a private consultant and a researcher at the Francisco Morazán National Pedagogical University, Dr. Acevedo studied children’s academic performance in primary education in Honduras. Additionally, he has conducted evaluations of food for education programs implemented in Honduras with funds from the United States Department of Agriculture. Recently, Dr. Acevedo was part of the team of researchers that conducted the baseline study of reading skills in grade 2 and grade 6 students as part of the USAID-funded Honduras Reading Activity (HRA). Furthermore, he served as a lead researcher on the Male Caregiver Engagement Study.

Jose Acevedo

Hannah Kuntz, Education Development Center, Inc.

Hannah Kuntz provides gender and social inclusion technical assistance to Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC)’s portfolio of international projects, including support to gender and social inclusion analyses/assessments and staff capacity building. Ms. Kuntz has an MA in Gender Analysis in International Development from the University of East Anglia. Additionally, she is a founding member of EDC’s Gender Working Group and served as a lead researcher on the Male Caregiver Engagement Study.

Hannah Kuntz

Maritza Zelaya, Education Development Center, Inc.

Maritza Zelaya has more than 16 years of experience teaching at all levels of the Honduran school system. Additionally, Ms. Zelaya has worked for 18 years with nonprofit organizations and Ministries of Education to improve educational outcomes in Honduras, Guatemala and Equatorial Guinea. Her area of expertise is teacher professional development; however, she also has experience promoting community and volunteer engagement, monitoring schools for improvement of education indicators and designing teaching and learning materials. Ms. Zelaya has a master’s degree in Higher Education from the National Autonomous University of Honduras. She currently serves as the Community Participation Specialist on the USAID-funded Honduras Reading Activity.

Maritza Zelaya

Saira Álvarez Sosa, Education Development Center, Inc.

Saira Álvarez Sosa has worked with local and international NGOs and the Government of Honduras to promote the rights of marginalized individuals and communities, including women, indigenous groups and Afro Hondurans, rural youth, female sex workers, LGBTQ, and people living with disabilities and HIV. Additionally, Ms. Álvarez Sosa has more than 15 years of experience working as a lawyer on cases of child protection, domestic violence, administrative, labor, criminal, among others. She has a master’s degree in Human Rights and Development from the National Autonomous University of Honduras and currently serves as the Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist on the USAID-funded Honduras Reading Activity.

Saira Alvarez Sosa

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