Citizen-led, household-based assessment initiatives have been implemented in several Asian and African countries. Using basic reading and arithmetic tasks, these countries have begun to assess for themselves what their children are able to do. The model began in India in 2005 and has been adapted for use in Pakistan (since 2008), Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda (2009), Mali (2011) and recently Senegal (2012). Pilots are currently ongoing in Mexico. Watch a video on the birth of ASER in other countries.
A new evaluation on the The Role of Citizen-led Assessments in Shifting the Education Agenda conducted by Results for Development Institute brings to light ASER and UWEZO's efforts to improve learning and ways to harness data and engage citizens in enhancing government accountability.
In India and Pakistan, the exercise is called ASER (which means "impact"), in East Africa it is called Uwezo (which means "capability"). The Mali effort is named "Beekungo" (meaning "we are in it together") and in Senegal it is called Jangandoo (meaning "learn together"). In 2013 alone, these citizen based large-scale assessments covered over one million children in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
This document on 'Citizen-led basic learning assessments for children' provides a brief overview and side-by-side comparison of the scale, scope, and key findings of these initiatives. For more information on these assessments watch the video and click on the links below for information on the assessments in particular countries. If you are interested in learning about how to conduct an assessment in your country, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch the version with French subtitles here.
ASER has been active in India since 2005. Since 2008, ASER Centre has also engaged actively with the groups below who are carrying out similar assessments in their own countries. More information about ASER Centre and the ASER survey is available on the links elsewhere on this website.
ASER Pakistan has been carried out since 2009 in collaboration with the South Asian Forum for Education Development (SAFED). This initiative replicates the ASER tool development, survey and sample design process and covers all rural districts of Pakistan. Go to the ASER-Pakistan website
In East Africa, this effort is called "UWEZO" which means 'capability'. Following the ASER model, countries like Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have conducted education surveys on the learning levels of children in their respective countries. Visit the Uwezo website
In Mali , this initiative is known as Beekungo which means ' we are in it together '. 2012 was the first year for this survey in Mali Read more on Beekungo in Mali (in French).
In Senegal, this initiative is known as Jangandoo, which means 'learn together'. In 2012, about 1,605 children from four regions in the country were tested as part of the pilot. Children were tested in French, Wolof and Pulaar. Watch a video about Jangandoo here (in French).
Mexico became the first Latin American country to adopt the citizen-based, household-led assessment model. The Medicion Independiente de Aprendizajes, or MIA, will roll out in the state of Veracruz in late 2014. Visit the MIA website (in Spanish).