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This is a forum for our research fellows and associates, as well as researchers in affiliated organizations and other institutions, to contribute and share your knowledge and opinions on topics related to education. We invite the readers to engage with the researchers through the blog and provide their comments, feedback and queries for constructive debates on the issues discussed.

World Teachers Day 2017 : Inciting Rebellion to Reclaim Learning and Acknowledging Our Crafters
Posted By Baela Raza Jamil is the Trustee/Advisor for the Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA)
ASERPAKISTAN

Today is a day to celebrate teachers, our personal and collective learning through our lifespans. Teachers include, engaged parents, grandparents, extended family members and friends who taught us our first coherent lessons for life and of course the formal teachers who influenced us throughout our lives. I can tell you that as I look back and ahead there are so many to whom I owe a lot - in al...

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Identification of the Measures for Prioritizing Inclusive Education
Posted By Roha Batool, Research Associate ASER Pakistan
ASERPAKISTAN

A Roundtable, titled "Prioritizing Inclusive Education to Create and Promote Sustainable Futures for All- Evidence from Punjab" was held on 9th February 2017 organized jointly by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi and ASER Pakistan Teams, supported by the Foundation of Society Institute. The panel was chaired by Mr. Muhammad Fazil Cheema- Director, Punjab Special Education Dep...

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Pakistan Alliance for Maths and Science Working to Power Pakistan for the 21st Century (Focus on Mathematics and Sciences for National Progress)
Posted By Sadaf Taimur
ASERPAKISTAN

 On 27th January, the event, hosted by Prime Minister of Pakistan, launched Volume I of the 'Powering Pakistan for the 21st Century' report by “Pakistan Alliance for Math & Science”. Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agahi is a proud member of this alliance. Volume I is titled, "How Maths and Science Powers Nations" and presents the case for maths and science ed...

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Quantity vs Quality A numbers race that did more damage than good
Posted By Izzah Meyer
ASERPAKISTAN

Education is an immensely powerful instrument of socio-economic and political change connected to global, technological and democratic developments. Since the inception of Pakistan, it has been evident that the task of nation building cannot be achieved without an educated and skilled workforce. Various efforts have been made since 1947 to not only highlight the imp...

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A Restrictive Budget and Education in Pakistan
Posted By Yusra Nabil
ASERPAKISTAN

Article 25-A of the constitution of Pakistan stipulates that the provincial governments provide free and compulsory education to all children between the ages 5-16 years.  Pakistan, a country marred by education crisis has allocated a meager budget - only 2% of the GDP - to education. It is hence not surprising that Pakistan failed to achieve the Millennium Dev...

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How to help people love learning
Posted By Muhammad Usman, Pakistan, a 2016 PAL Network Fellow, and ASER Pakistan's Data Analyst
ASERPAKISTAN

We listen to the same music.

We watch the same movies.

We eat the same food.

We farm the same land.

We speak the same language.

In so many ways, India feels like a home away from home...

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Making the impossible possible by Baela Raza Jamil
Posted By Baela Raza Jamil
ASERPAKISTAN

When a girl from a low-cost private school in Swat, Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai, wins the Nobel Peace Prize becoming the youngest winner of the most esteemed global award, and a young woman hailing from a privileged school in Karachi, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy wins her second Oscar (2012-2016) for documentaries on women’s rights (‘Saving Face’ and &lsqu...

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Tracking progress towards learning for all by 2030 in Pakistan
Posted By Pauline Rose
ASERPAKISTAN

The countdown towards ensuring all children are learning by 2030 has begun.  This is just one aspect of an ambitious set of education targets that world leaders have signed up to as part of the sustainable development goals, but is vital as a first step on the ladder to others. A child who is unable to read or write, or do basic mathematics, is unlikely to acqu...

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Through Aditis Eyes The Importance of Early Grade Assessment in Tracking Childrens Learning
Posted By Hannah-May Wilson, PAL Network Secretariat
ASERPAKISTAN

Meet Aditi. Aditi is 11 years old. Aditi lives with her mother and younger sister Didi, who is 7 years old. They live on the outskirts of Mumbai, in a waste-picking community. Aditi and Didi have lived here ever since they were born. Every morning, their mother leaves very early to collect used plastic to sell. Aditi used to help her mother, but now she goes to scho...

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Pakistan all girls and boys in school for 12 years a critical pathway to progress
Posted By Baela Raza Jamil is the Trustee/Advisor for the Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA)
ASERPAKISTAN

The demand for girls education has been rising in Pakistan but remains unmet due to poor access especially at post primary levels. The current net enrolment ratio for girls is 54% at primary level, declining to 21 % at mThe demand for girls education has been rising in Pakistan but remains unmet due to poor access especially at post primary levels. The current net enrolment ratio for girls is 5...

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ASER 2015 Results from Pakistan Making the Invisible Visible
Posted By Sehar Saeed
ASERPAKISTAN

The recently launched ASER Report 2015 is a testament to civil society evidence-based activism that has drawn irreversible attention to the crisis of learning, both locally and globally. As we move forward towards the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we are reminded that the ‘learning plus access’ agenda for the education SDG (SDG ) would not have hap...

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The PAL Network Learning Journey Beyond Assessment to Action
Posted By Hannah-May Wilson, Program Manager – PAL Network Secretariat
ASERPAKISTAN

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.

The People’s Action for Learning Network (PAL Network) is an internationally recog...

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Importance of Early Childhood Education The Case in Pakistan by Ijaz Ul Haq
Posted By Ijaz Ul Haq
ASERPAKISTAN

Early childhood is a crucial phase of human life, where a child is most receptive to learning. It has been proved that human brain has the capability to learn the most from birth to five years of age. An overwhelming number of research studies reveal highly positive effect of Early Childhood Education (ECE) on the success of children in the later stages of their edu...

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TheASER journey what now
Posted By Dr Monazza Aslam
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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.No one could have predicted the scale that was finally achieved in 2015 – to sample 258, 021 children (3-16 years) in 145 rural districts covering 83,755 households using 10,000 volunteers is a tremendous victory in and of itself. To do s...

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Access and learning are equally important for children with disabilities
Posted By Nidhi Singal and Ricardo Sabates
ASERPAKISTAN

The clock is now ticking towards the goal of ensuring ‘inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’ by 2030. For the first time, people with disabilities are explicitly recognized within the global targets. Yet, we still have too little information on how far behind children with disabilities are in education, and the...

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Achieving the education SDG: Start early and stay the course
Posted By Pauline Rose
ASERPAKISTAN

Now the razzmatazz celebrating the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals is over, it is time to get down to business. For education (Goal 4) that means prioritizing the 250 million children who are not learning the basics, to ensure this global learning crisis is a thing of the past by 2030.

The first, and most vital, step that needs to be taken is to address disadvantage from ear...

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A People's Global Network on Learning is Born
Posted By Dr. Baela Raza Jamil
ASERPAKISTAN

By Baela Raza Jamil, Founding Member PAL Network and Director of Programs Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi and the Institute for Professional Learning, as well as Coordinator of the South Asian Forum for Education Development. 

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Seeking new solutions to educational measurement challenges Pakistan's leadership as a LMTF Learning Champion
Posted By Kate Anderson, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution
ASERPAKISTAN

In April 2012, I was invited to Lahore to present on the topic of global learning metrics at the Quality-Inequality Quandary seminar hosted by the South Asian Forum for Education Development (SAFED).  This was one of the very first consultations of the Learning Metrics Task Force (LMTF), which would eventually go on to reach more than 1,700 people in 118 countries through its global consul...

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Working for quality education in Pakistan, an LMTF Learning Champion
Posted By Dr. Baela Raza Jamil
ASERPAKISTAN

The global community has failed dismally in meeting the challenge of providing all children with a quality education. This education failure is tragically apparent in Pakistan, the world’s sixth most populous country. This failure of learning is evident both in the results of public sector examinations and private sector citizen-led household-based assessments like ASER Pakistan. More tha...

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Investing in quality teachers
Posted By Pauline Rose
ASERPAKISTAN

In the aftermath of the tragic attack on a school in Peshawar, killing over 100 children, who were merely realising their right to go to school, the results of the latest ASER survey turn the spotlight to an ongoing simmering catastrophe that is affecting millions of children in Pakistan. Poor quality of schooling is leaving one in four grade five students unable to read a sentence, and on...

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New Learning Data from Pakistan Shows Stark Differences between Rich and Poor
Posted By Pauline Rose
ASERPAKISTAN

 In the aftermath of the tragic attack on a school in Peshawar, killing over one hundred children who were merely realizing their right to go to school, the results of the latest Annual Status of Education Report survey in Pakistan launched today turn the spotlight to an on-going simmering catastrophe that is affecting millions of children.

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A universal challenge: Education is the foundation for peaceful societies
Posted By Amina J. Mohammed
ASERPAKISTAN

 [The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) is the largest citizen-led household based survey of the quality of education in Pakistan and other countries. It aims at improving the state of learning outcomes of children and works with citizens to foster nationwide conversation and actions on learning. This year’s survey has used some innovations in data collection and incorporated ...

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Who is Minding the Gap for Post Primary Transitions for Post 2015
Posted By Dr. Baela Raza Jamil
ASERPAKISTAN

 By Baela Raza Jamil, who currently serves as the Director of Programs Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi and the Institute for Professional Learning as well as Coordinator of the South Asian Forum for Education Development. 

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Why the Poorest Girls Are Failing to Learn in Pakistan
Posted By Dr. Baela Raza Jamil
ASERPAKISTAN

Every year, citizens in Pakistan visit 279,427 children in homes all across the country to find the answer to one question: Are Pakistan’s children learning? Released on January 8, the fifth report of the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER)—Pakistan’s largest country-wide citizen-led household based survey—shows that despite being i...

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Access Plus Learning an epitome for post 2015 education agenda
Posted By Huma Zia Faran
ASERPAKISTAN

After much debate on the post 2015 education agenda on various international  forums (CIES 2014, SDG-OWG), it has been repeatedly highlighted that access plus learning should be the KEY post-2015 goal as access without learning is not sustainable. The Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education in developing regions has reached about 90% - this means more kids (g...

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What is education:
Posted By Bareerah Hafeez Hoorani
ASERPAKISTAN

What is education? Before you read ahead, I really want you to think about this question. To me, the true definition of education has been summarized really well, in the following quote from the book The Little Prince.

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea....

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Taking Charge: Learnings from the Classroom
Posted By Zohra Nasir
ASERPAKISTAN

A few weeks ago I taught my students (third graders at a Karachi government school) about the continents and the oceans. Most of my girls dutifully learnt the material, excited about the maps I’d brought to class, about working in groups with their classmates, about the song I’d taught them to help with remembering, and about the stickers I’d promised to those who learnt all t...

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The illusion of Entitlements_Commemorating the Fourth Anniversary of Article 25 A right to education_but children in Pakistan continue to suffer exclusion
Posted By Dr. Baela Raza Jamil
ASERPAKISTAN

Each time we encounter through macabre media stories about child rapes; torture on child domestic labor, child labor, young suicide bombers, cannibals eating dead children’s bodies in Bhakkar repeatedly let loose by the authorities, slums being dismantled without notice where the most vulnerable children are getting education in Pehli Kiran schools, we are reminded about the illusion of e...

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Learning Accountability and Governance_A Wake up Call for Society and State_ASER Pakistan
Posted By Sehar Saeed
ASERPAKISTAN

Nationwide large scale annual assessments are gathering momentum across Asia and Africa making learning central to the debates on education, illustrating the power of informed citizenry to influence national and global agendas for education and learning. ASER or impact, Uwezo or capability, Beekungo or are we are in it together, Jangandoo or learn together represent an organically growing movem...

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What the Annual Status of Education Report tells us about learning inequalities in Pakistan
Posted By Pauline Rose
ASERPAKISTAN

With the recent announcement of proposed post-2015 education targets, which place good quality education at their centre, it becomes paramount to make sure we are able to measure progress to achieve-relevant learning outcomes, with particular attention to gender equality and the most marginalized'. The debate on what is meant by relevant learning outcomes is likely to ensue, but in the meantime...

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Invisible Children at School
Posted By Dr. Radhika Iyengar
ASERPAKISTAN

Since the past five years a hidden crises in education has been un-covered. This hidden crisis has to do with what goes on inside schools. The international discourse now has moved from enrollment to learning. This debate centers on the idea that there has been a lot of progress in improving enrollment rates, however there has been very little emphasis on the learning levels of children who att...

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