|ASER Baitakhs: An informal discussion with the community and teachers of a village surveyed under ASER is an important component of ASER dissemination. ITA’s teams led by the ASER District Coordinator organize ASER Baithaks/open discussion (Katcheries, Baithaks or Jirgas for Sindh, Punjab & Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa respectively) with community and teachers sharing specific village level data to encourage them to take actions for improving learning levels of their children.
These gatherings are organized at school and/or community sites for sharing ASER findings, mobilizing volunteers for education, and deciding upon actions with community members, youth, parents (including mothers), teachers and government field officers. They begin with the sharing of objectives of the conversation and reminding the attendees of the survey recently conducted in the village. This information then leads to many conversations and reflections in the community acknowledging gaps in taking actions for education, lapses in accountability and the role of the village school, its teachers and the larger system of education.
Holding ASER Baithaks in the surveyed villages is an effort to mobilize the citizens and civil society for an active demand of quality education and fulfillment of Right to Education (Article 25-A). Key points of discussion are documented in 1 page report card providing highlights of the village as per ASER results like a Village Report Card (VRC). List of the selected district is mentioned below: