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ASER PAKISTAN

Established 2008

BACKGROUND

In late 2006 and 2007, two teams from the South Asian Forum for Education Development (SAFED) visited India to learn more about the ASER approach to large-scale household assessments. In August 2008, ASER Centre Master trainers visited Sheikhupura district in Pakistan to lay the foundation for the birth of ASER Pakistan.

ASER PAKISTAN AND SAFED / ITA

ASER Pakistan and SAFED/ITA ASER Pakistan are facilitated by the South Asian Forum for Education Development (SAFED) and hosted by Idara-e- Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) or the Centre of Education and Consciousness. In 2010, the ASER data inspired the birth of several other ITA programmes in Citizen Movements for Quality Education (CMQE). ITA works closely with the ASER Pakistan programme to run education interventions and awareness campaigns such as Chalo Parrho Barrho (Let’s Read and Grow), The Right to Education Pakistan and the Children’s Literature Festival.

ASER PAKISTAN SURVEY

Every year, ASER PAKISTAN Survey has been conducted in 144 rural districts in Pakistan since 2010, having completed an 11-district pilot in 2008 and the first national assessment in 2010. It is the only current source of national annual information on children’s ability to read and do basic arithmetic in Pakistan. The ASER Pakistan survey assesses all children between 5 and 16 in literacy and numeracy at grade 2 and 3.

SURVEY IMPLEMENTATION

In 2014, the assessment was conducted in 144 rural districts and 21 urban centres of Pakistan, visiting 4,178 villages, 82,837 Households and testing 251,694 children in total. In addition to information about learning levels of children in both government and non-state schools, ASER Pakistan provides information about parents’ education level, out-of-school children, paid tuition and drop-outs.

LANGUAGES OF ASSESSMENT

Tests are developed in Spanish, Popoluca and Nahuati.