• Teaching Literacy in Senegal

Distinguished Visiting Scholar Viola Vaughn lectures on her work

Monday, March 22, 2010
C.Walsh Theatre
55 Temple Street, Boston


Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Viola Vaughn, Founder and Executive Director of the Women's Health Prevention and Education Alliance, lectures on her work in Senegal, in the Spring 2010 Civic Discourse Series: Literacy and Democracy.  

Viola M. Vaughn, Ed.D., serves as founder and executive director of the Women's Health Education Alliance (WHEPSA) and the 10,000 Girls initiative in Kaolack, Senegal, in West Africa.  She founded WHEPSA in 2001 to develop new strategies for offering health and educational services to girls in rural Senegal.  Vaughn acquired considerable administrative and teaching experience in health care and education, in both the U.S. and six different African countries.  In 2000, Vaughn and her husband, jazz musician Sam Sanders, emigrated their family to Senegal to provide their five grandchildren with an international, multilingual and multicultural education.  Her experience home-schooling her grandchildren aroused some local curiosity in in the Kaolack community, which ultimately led to the creation of WHEPSA's 10,000 Girls initiative.  Vaughn's innovative approach integrates education and employment for girls through a self-sustaining program. 

Reservations start March 10, please call 617-720-7600.

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