A Webcast: Introducing SHARE's LITES Study

Author: Kara Kelly

An Interactive Dialogue on the Importance of Effective Language of Instruction Transitions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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February 27, 2024, 9 - 10:20 am ET

Where: Online (Registration required)

Please join us for an event that brings together officials, policymakers, and experts to discuss Language of Instruction as a critical factor in literacy instruction and development. The webcast will speak to the research questions that SHARE (Supporting Holistic & Actionable Research in Education) is trying to answer, the research methodology, and how interested parties can hear more about the study once findings are released at the Comparative International Education Society (CIES) Conference in March and the USAID Global Education Conference (GEC) in April.

This Webcast is hosted by the University of Notre Dame's Pulte Institute for Global Development.

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Opening Remarks and Introductions
9 am ET

Tom Purekal


The Importance of Language of Instruction
9:05 am ET

Elena Walls


Overview of Language of Instruction Transition and its Role in Literacy Development 
9:10 am ET



Moderated by
TJ D’Agostino, Co-Primary Investigator
Fernanda Assuncao Soares Jones,
Angella Atukunda,
Pooja Nakamura

LITES and RELM Research Questions and Methodology
9:30 am ET


Moderated by
TJ D’Agostino
Fernanda Assuncao Soares Jones,
Angella Atukunda

Emerging Areas of Focus
9:45 am ET

TJ D’Agostino

Closing Remarks,
How to Learn More About the Research Findings
9:55 am ET

Tom Purekal

Questions, Answers, and Discussion
10 am

Moderated by
Angella Atukunda



LITES (Language of Instruction Transition in Education Systems) is one of SHARE’s premier core-funded studies. The study evaluates factors affecting the ways that countries transition their language of instruction for early-grade learners, considering a host of socio-linguistic and psycho-linguistic areas.

LITES is being carried out in six countries — Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal, Rwanda, Mali, and the Philippines — with the expectation that findings will be transferable to other countries navigating this complex issue. SHARE is also piloting a new module focused on receptive and expressive language that will be included in the new EGRA (Early Grade Reading Assessment) toolkit.


SHARE (Supporting Holistic and Actionable Research in Education) is a five-year cooperative agreement by USAID’s Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation/Center for Education (DDI/EDU) to the University of Notre Dame (UND) that advances global education learning priorities to improve learning outcomes. 

This activity is funded through USAID’s Higher Education Leadership, Innovation, and Exchange (HELIX) Annual Program Statement (APS) under the USAID New Partnership Initiative (NPI). Within UND, this Activity is being led by the Pulte Institute for Global Development alongside UND’s Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child. UND implements SHARE in partnership with higher education and research institutions based in USAID geographic regions worldwide.


Meet the Presenters


Tom Purekal



Tom Purekal, SHARE Program Director, Pulte Institute for Global Development Innovation and Practice Program Director, and Term-Limited Professor of the Practice at the Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame



Elena Walls


Elena Walls, Sr. MEL Advisor at USAID






TJ D'Agostino, LITES Study Primary Investigator and Assistant Professor of the Practice at the Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame




Fernanda Soares


Fernanda Assuncao Soares Jones, Research and Learning Advisor







Angela Atukunda


Angella Atukunda, RAN Engagemeent Manager







Pooja Reddy Nakamura


Pooja Nakamura, Principal Researcher at the American Institutes for Research