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ASER Centre at Comparative & International Education Society, CIES, Atlanta 2017

Ranajit Bhattarcharyya(left) along with members of the PAL network in Atlanta

Between March 5 and 9, 2017, ASER Centre's research unit members, Manjistha Banerji and Purnima Ramanujan, along with Ben Alcott, Cambridge University, attended and presented findings from the five-year longitudinal study on early childhood education in Atlanta, USA. For more information on the study, click here. ASER Centre has been a longstanding attendee of this annual international conference. This year, Ranajit Bhattacharyya, General Manager, ASER Centre also presented ASER findings during a panel session.   

DIET Collaboration Programme Team National Workshop 2017

DIET Team Members in New Delhi

Between February 26 and March 2, 2017, 36 state team representatives, from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, and New Delhi, spent five days in New Delhi to plan and prepare for the upcoming phase of the DIET Collaboration programme in their states. Sessions on how to improve facilitation skills by hands-on demonstration of CAMaL activities, understand their new roles and responsibilities, ways to implement monitoring mechanisms, processes and practices, plan dissemination of learning camp data and data presentation were conducted over the course of the five days. 

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'Poder Para La Gente': 5th Annual PAL Network Meet: March 13 -16, 2017

PAL Network representatives in Mexico

Field visit to a school in Mexico as part of Poder Para La Gente

Over the course of four days, ASER Centre's Dr Rukmini Banerji, Dr Wilima Wadha, Dr Suman Bhattacharjea and Ranajit Bhattacharyya took part in multiple panel discussions as part of the 5th Annual PAL Network Meet in  Xalapa, Mexico. The meeting held in Xalapa, Mexico had over 80 participants from 16 countries representing five continents. Participants took part in sessions on 'opportunities and challenges of volunteer engagement', 'exploring the use of citizen-generated data to monitor progress towards achieving SDGs', 'involving citizen volunteers beyond the assessments' and 'strengthening citizen participation for greater accountability'.  Attendees also signed the 'Xalapa Declaration' as part of the meet.

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Certificate Programme for Survey and Research Coordinators awarded to ASER Centre staff

Recipients received their certificates during the January 2017 state workshop held in New Delhi

Out of the 45 participants who underwent a year-long training in Applied Statistics, Tools for Data Collection, Leadership and Communications, 31 were awarded certificates for successfully completing the programme on January 9, 2017.  The course was jointly designed by ASER Centre's capacity building team and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Congratulations to all graduates!

ASER Centre lends support to Mozambique in conducting citizen-led assessments

Meeting the FACILIDADE – TPC team. From L-R: Isidine Ussene, Benwess Macuarimba, Lino Andre, Amelia Ussene, Ranajit and Faridah)

Ranajit Bhattacharyya is currently in Mozambique to support FACILIDADE, an NGO that strives to engage the people of Mozambique to improve upon the quality of basic services, with the preparation and launch of TPC - Mozambique, a nation-wide, citizen-led learning assessment. Mozambique is one among four new member countries to join a growing network of countries that conduct annual assessments of children's learning levels. Read his accounts on Mozambique part 1 | part 2| part 3| part 4 | part 5. We wish TPC-Mozambique team all the very best. Follow us on Facebook for regular updates.

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ASER Centre alumnus wins two prestigious awards at Harvard

Neeraj Trivedi, an alumnus of Pratham and ASER Centre, has just completed a master’s degree in Public Administration in International Development at the ​Harvard Kennedy School of Government. While he was there, he received several awards - the first is the Raymond Vernon Award for Commitment to International Development given to a graduating student who best exemplifies the values of the MPA / ID program (i.e. dedication to the field of international development, academic excellence, potential future contribution and leadership). The second award was the Dean's Award for Excellence in Student teaching. During his second year at HKS, Neeraj​ tutored the first-year students on advanced microeconomics. His ​teaching was highly appreciated by the students and the award is in recognition of that.

2016 PAL Network Steering Committee meeting in Kenya - July 1- 2

Members of Steering Committee, PAL Network in Limuru, Kenya

Members of the PAL Network steering committee met in Limuru, Kenya recently for a two-day meeting. As chaiperson, Dr Suman Bhattacharjea who also heads the Research Unit as ASER Centre, presided over the meetings. Fellow members reflected on the past year of the PAL Network - its strengths, weaknesses and opportunities, a revised charter of the PAL Network was adopted, and decisions and plans for strategic direction, programmes, outputs and activities for the next two years were laid out.

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 DIET National workshop (26 February - 2 March 2017): 

DIET Program Coordinators and team members from different states along with Pratham and ASER staff on the last day of workshop in New Delhi.

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ASER Centre, New Delhi recently held a four-and-a-half-day workshop for member countries of The People’s Action for Learning (PAL) Network under the theme of ‘Ensuring data quality’. The objective of the workshop was to formulate a minimum standard for quality control to ensure reliability of estimates generated via citizen-led assessments conducted by the member countries. Representatives from Mali, Senegal, Mexico, Kenya, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mozambique, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria attended the workshop in Aurangabad, Maharashtra from January 30 – February 3, 2017. 

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Certificate Programme for Survey and Research Coordinators awarded to ASER Centre staff

Recipients received their certificates during the January 2017 state workshop held in New Delhi

Out of the 45 participants who underwent a year-long training in Applied Statistics, Tools for Data Collection, Leadership and Communications, 31 were awarded certificates for successfully completing the programme on January 9, 2017.  The course was jointly designed by ASER Centre's capacity building team and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Congratulations to all graduates!