Day 92: ASER gave me courage

When I first heard of ASER, I did not quite grasp the importance of the survey. It was only after the conclusion of the ASER National Workshop in August this year, my first, that I understood the need for a survey of this kind.

ASER gave me the courage to travel miles and miles to unknown places to collect accurate data. Given this opportunity to travel, you not only gather data but learn to engage with the young and old from diverse communities all the while creating evidence and building awareness at the grassroots level.

Leading trainers and volunteers, planning, executing and coordinating this large scale survey have made me a confident leader. Over the course of the survey, I also met hundreds of villagers and discuss the status of education in India.

ASER teaches you how to handle tough situations that may come your way; be it a doubtful village headman or a school head master who may need convincing. But somehow even after working all day long, under all kinds of weather conditions, you don’t feel exhausted but rather satisfied for being able to reach thousands children in India.

Everyone involved in the Annual Status of Education Report survey are left with questions on how to improve the quality of primary education in the country. I am very thankful to ASER for the opportunities that took me beyond my understanding about primary education prior to joining this mission. I am proud to be a part of the largest citizen-led annual household survey.

Kuyuchu Pfithu is a Research Associate in the North East at ASER Centre.

All views expressed in this post are the author’s personal views