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Lahore, Punjab
Posted By Yosra Nabil
ASERPAKISTAN

 After attending numerous ASER trainingssessions, it was finally the day I would get to experience the field. Master trainers from all over Punjab would demonstrate all they had learned about the do’s and don’ts of the ASER survey while the ASER team would monitor their understanding of how to conduct it.

It was a hot august ...

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Quetta, Balochistan
Posted By Naghmana Ambreen
ASERPAKISTAN

 Since 2010,ASER has strivedto improve the status of education nationwide. Each year after a gruelling process of conducting assessments and data compilation, ASER Pakistan produces a reliable set of data about what our children are learning.Being a part of this journey since the last 4 years, I have come across many families, children and teachers who have been positively affected by ASER...

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Karachi Malir, Sindh
Posted By Minahil Adeel
ASERPAKISTAN

 As part of the three day training for the ASER data collection phase in Karachi, we went to district Malir. Walking down the narrow streets lined with trash, I felt like I had entered a village and had to remind myself that we were surveying the urban districts of Karachi. After walking for about ten minutes, we were standing in the heart of the town. It was a Friday morning and Kids were...

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Jhang, Punjab
Posted By Huma Zia
ASERPAKISTAN

 The spirit of ASER in the field is unmatched. For all those who think it is just a survey, need to visit the field when volunteers from far flung areas travel long hours on local transport to reach the village they have to survey, to check the learning levels of children of their districts and to gauge the enrollment in schools – such is the force of ASER. 

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Lower Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Posted By Ejaz Haq
ASERPAKISTAN

 Lower Dir is a district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where people are quite rigid with their religious norms andstrictly adhere to their cultural values. Being an enormously male dominated society, gender inequality is quite a common experiencedphenomena in the district.

During my monitoring visits to various districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,I...

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Layyah, Punjab
Posted By Aneeqa Zaheer
ASERPAKISTAN

 Waking up in the dead of the night for a field visit felta little unusual but at the same time offered a break from the routine. We then started our six hour journey to Layyah as a party of four, each one with a separate agenda on our minds.

The road to Layyah is afascinating one. The small town is located a...

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Muzaffargarh, Punjab
Posted By M. Fiaz
ASERPAKISTAN

'ASER is not just a report but a movement across the country'.

Working at ASER Pakistan, I had heard and reiterated the above statement to others many times. However, I was able to fully comprehend this statement only when I had the chance to take part in one of the village baithaks.

I was vis...

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Multan, Punjab
Posted By Sonia Riaz
ASERPAKISTAN

This year ASER gave me the chance to conduct training in the district of Multan along with my colleague Huma Zia, Assistant Manager, ASER. I was very excited to deliver my session as this was the first time I was presenting in front of our district partners from South Punjab. As we started our training, we told them about ASER Pakistan and how the report is compiled...

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Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Posted By Ejaz Haq
ASERPAKISTAN

I was conducting pilot survey for ASER in the outskirts of Peshawar which despite being in close proximity to the provincial capital gives a very remote rural look in terms of living patterns. As it was not an easy task for a stranger to roam in the hamlet by knocking at the doors of dwellings, so I decided to make the people know about my purpose of the visit prior...

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Rawalpindi, Punjab
Posted By Sehar Saeed
ASERPAKISTAN

We were in “Malot Sattiyan", a remote village of Rawalpindi, to monitor the process of ASER survey. Our first step was to access government primary school which was just a building with two class rooms and a veranda. There we met 28 years old Shumaila Bibi who was the only government teacher deputed to teach 35 students. “It’s the first time that somebody has visited this...

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Peshawar Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Huma Zia)
Posted By Huma Zia
ASERPAKISTAN

Being associated with ASER for years, it is now a routine process to travel to different places on short notice – such is the nature and the demand of my work. During the national planning of ASER 2014, I volunteered to go to Peshawar for the provincial training of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA). I, along with another ...

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Naushahro Feroze, Sindh
Posted By Mumtaz Ali Pirzada
ASERPAKISTAN

“I am Sadori. I dropped out from class 5. I wanted to study more but my parents are poor. After completing primary education I wanted to go to a high school but my parents did not allow me." These were the words of thirteen year old Sadori, who dropped out after completing grade 5, from a government school in village Dhengo of district Naushahro Feroze. It was a ...

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Narowal, Punjab
Posted By Asif Bahader
ASERPAKISTAN

Amjad regularly plays cricket at a nearby farm with his two brothers and friends in a village located near Narowal. He used to go to school till he was old enough to work in a nearby factory. His story was similar to the other young dropouts of his village who were forced to leave school for earning income for their families. These families not only were unable to p...

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Peshawar Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Posted By Afzal Shah
ASERPAKISTAN

Today, we headed out towards a small village situated along the bank of River Kabul (a one hour drive from Peshawar, the village stretches for about 2 kilometers). Upon reaching, we were welcomed by lush green fields of sugarcane and small households, scattered across the terrain.

As we walked out for conducting the survey, the weather was pleasant with a cloudy sky. During the survey e...

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Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Posted By Baela Raza Jamil
ASERPAKISTAN

Each year it is the luck of the draw as we venture into the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) survey on interrogating children’s learning levels across all districts of the country -in each district a random sample of 30 villages is selected, dividing each village into four quadrants and from each 5 houses are visited for the learning survey of 3-16 yea...

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