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To cut a long story short,
In the 6.5 years that I was part of the ASER survey,
Our children may not have learnt a lot,
but my learnings grew every single day!
Syeed Ahamed, IID, Bangladesh
I think ASER helped me understand that what I went through as a child was a deterrent and that now, I was in a position to create some amount of change. It was something that helped me assess and understand my situation better and also work for making the scenario better as a whole for so many kids. I feel satisfied to be a part of this journey of change.
As I write this piece, I’m heading home for a short visit. And as I bask in Barbados’ world-renowned sun, sea and sand, I’ll ruminate on the logistics of a Caribbean ASER in the not-too-distant future. Meanwhile, Wilima, Rukmini, Ranajit and the team are tirelessly preparing this year’s ASER report in time for the January 18th deadline.
I feel even small efforts like mine can help bring attention to the quality of education in the school. And to that end I feel the ASER tool can be very helpful for parents like me.
Then I thought –“Did they do it because it is related to national interest?” I don’t know the exact reason but if it is because of their concern for the national interest, then for me it is an amazing thing to know. I must appreciate the spirit of these youth, and also congratulate ASER who could identify it and were able to utilize it.
In Kerala, our work rested more on women. Right from the households we surveyed to the trainers and volunteers, all of them were women.
At a personal level it was a wonderful opportunity to experience – albeit very briefly – an Indian village and to see community-level data collection in progress.