Halfway through 2017: Is the glass half full? Highlights from the PAL Network 5th Steering Committee meeting

The fifth Steering Committee meeting of the People’s Action for Learning Network (PAL Network) was held in Nairobi Kenya, on 24th and 25th August 2017.

Improving learning through simple teaching innovations

What would happen if children were taught by actual learning levels rather than by grade? Maryam Akmal looks at a recent RISE paper to see if this innovative technique made a difference.

NEQMAP Co-organizes Workshop on Citizen-led Assessment in India

The Network on Education Quality Monitoring in the Asia-Pacific (NEQMAP) Secretariat at UNESCO Bangkok co-organized a workshop 4-7 June 2016 in Aurangabad, India with the Pratham Education Foundation.


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.

The Case for Global Standardized Testing

Somewhere in a village in Nigeria, a young girl is sitting in school today, just like she does every day, packed onto a crowded wooden bench in a faded school uniform.

The Lakhon mein Ek Journey – Pratham’s Campaign for Assessment to Action: Taking stock – February 2016

Problem: From 2004 to 2014, ASER has provided the country with a report card on children’s enrollment and learning levels for every rural district in the country.

The PAL Network Learning Journey: Beyond Assessment to Action!

On the sparkling shores of the seaside town of Saly on the Petite Côte of Senegal, 50 ambitious education activists and innovators from 15 Global South countries convened last week to explore the next crucial stage of their learning journey at the 4th Annual PAL Network meeting.

Study: Education levels in Tamil Nadu vary between poor and average

Pratham, an NGO that works towards providing primary education and assessing educational levels of children, has completed phase one of its citizen oriented assessment system, Lakhon Mein Ek, in Tamil Nadu. The programme allows anyone to get personal understanding of educational levels of children in society.

The ASER journey: What now?

The ASER journey that started relatively quietly in the summer of 2008 has apparently ended with a bang with the publication of the final report in 2015.

Track The Pack Campaign

Pratham’s “Lakhon mein Ek” campaign launched on October 21, 2015 received unprecedented and widespread support from citizens and communities, enabling it to go well beyond the original target of 1 lakh villages.