Citizen volunteer Amol Moghe sets out to conduct learning assessments in a remote village in western India. Upon arriving at the village of Pimpri in Maharashtra state’s Aurangabad district, he greets the villagers, explains why he’s there, and asks for permission from the village leader to conduct a learning assessment survey.
What a difference a year makes. Last week in Nairobi, when we woke to find a grey blanket of fog wrapped around our conference centre, it was hard to believe that only a year ago, the founding directors of our citizen-led assessment movement set up the People’s Action for Learning (PAL) Network.
The People’s Action for Learning Network (PAL Network) upends the usual mechanisms for learning assessments: bringing together nine countries, it assesses basic reading and numeracy competencies of all children, in their homes, through annual citizen-led assessments.
Using the Education for All (EFA) global movement as the setting, this book surveys the complex labyrinths of international education policy making, the design and implementation of system-wide educational reform, and the assessment of learning outcomes in the African context.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by 193 member countries of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 represent a renewed focus for inclusive, lifelong and equitable education.
Les Objectifs de développement durable (ODD) adoptées par 193 états membres de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies en Septembre 2015, expriment un intérêt renouvelé pour l’éducation inclusive, équitable et continue.
According to a review undertaken by Charlotte Waters at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), the citizen-led approach being used in India, Mali, Senegal, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda is yielding reliable information about children’s basic learning levels, measuring change in these levels and raising awareness of local issues.
“What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation?” Asks Marcus Cicero in praise of teachers. The Economist magazine recently acclaimed the contribution of teachers in not just educating children and nurturing the future, but even in shaping the economy.
When assessing whether children can read, we should remember why reading is so critical, and why we should be concerned when children miss out on this critical skill. Everyone reading this blog had a moment in childhood when meaningless swirls on a page began to make sense.
It is not every day that people from 17 countries come together to learn, share and think about how to broaden the scope and reach of citizen-led efforts like the ASER survey. Since its inception, ASER has inspired parallel efforts in 12 countries.