Sarah L. Holvey '07, who is scheduled to complete the Colleges' MAT program in 2008, was in Misiones Province, Argentina, at the end of October making a training film for the Argentine literacy group, Fundacion Leer.
Her work was sponsored by the Young Family Memorial Trust at the Colleges, and the Open Society Institute in London. She also collected material for her masters' thesis, which will be on private-sector support for literacy projects in developing countries. Several projects include getting books into the hands of children in rural villages and helping teachers develop beneficial ways of teaching them to read.
In Argentina, an organization called Fundación Leer — funded solely through private businesses — has been highly successful doing these two things for 10 years. Professor of Education Charlie Temple and his colleagues work with Fundación Leer, and Holvey interviewed the founder of this foundation.
The students and classrooms she filmed will be used in a Fundación Leer training video, to help teachers learn that many lessons can come from just one text.
Holvey was an international relations major who minored in political science and Peer Education and Human Relations. She spent the Fall 2005 semester studying abroad in New Zealand.
The literacy project in Misiones is directed by Temple and Alan Crawford, professor emeritus at California State University Los Angeles. A member of the HWS faculty since 1982, Temple holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina and his master's and doctorate from the University of Virginia.