Of map making and whispers

Dr Sarah Richardson

Research Director

Australian Council for Educational Research, India 

On Monday 14 November I was fortunate to travel to North-East Uttar Pradesh with Ketan Verma from Pratham to experience the ASER household survey in practice. We travelled to a relatively well-off village comprising a range of brick houses from modest to grand, with a government school and a number of private schools. Remittances from family members in the Middle East had clearly made a significant difference to the wellbeing of a number of families but otherwise the village appeared to be primarily one based on agriculture. As an urbanite I was struck by the central role played by buffaloes – dung was drying all around the village to be used as fuel, buffalos were pulling carts, or standing by ready to be milked, or tending to their calves.

Another surprise was the starting point for the survey – map making. kv3My naïve assumption that maps would be available for villages was immediately challenged as the two volunteers – Nazia and Tanzim – moved painstakingly around the village, talking to community members in order to confirm the sketch they were skilfully compiling of streets and landmarks such as religious buildings and the post office. Once complete they met with the elected representative of the village to redraw the map and confirm its details, and then subdivided the village into four sections. The next stage was to find the central point of the first section and then visit each fifth dwelling, taking left turns as they appeared.

The local skill of the volunteers came to the fore as they were able to easily interact with initially somewhat skeptical householders. In most houses charpoys were pulled out and deployed as seats, with chai brought for the visitors. A surprise was that households without any children in the target age range were included in the survey. This meant that at one stage several households in a row were surveyed without the educational achievement element of the survey being used.

kv2Where children were present it took some time to establish who lived in the target house amidst a mixture of cousins, friends and passers-by. It was also difficult to discern appropriate ages. To my western eyes six year olds looked much younger, while teenagers appeared to have not yet reached puberty. With one or two exceptions the capacity of the children to perform the tasks in mathematics, English and Hindi at a level appropriate to their age was very limited. Many children were unable to read more than individual letters in English or Hindi, or to recognise double-digit numbers. Some were unable to do this at all, with one girl simply counting off 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 … and reading off A, B, C, D, E … even though this was not what was presented to her.

In one of the final households we visited I was particularly struck by a very shy little girl. kvThe sensitivity and skill of the volunteers had been very impressive throughout the day, as they engaged with parents and children, and coaxed the unwilling to participate. For the shy girl the female volunteer Nazia took her to one side and gently sat with her as she (accurately) identified all of the grade appropriate words and numbers in a very low whisper. It was truly wonderful to see a child be made comfortable enough to be able to demonstrate their skill when had less skill been used they would otherwise have been struck dumb in fear.

As the sun started lowering we finished our long day in the village, aching legs having pounded many miles of dusty streets and having met with half the village during that one day. On reflection I was impressed by the wonderful approach to measurement that enables those children who would otherwise fall under the radar of formal assessments, and the high level of commitment and skill of the volunteers and those who train and supervise them.

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. I would like to express my thanks to the volunteers, to Ketan and to all the others who helped organise my visit. I now have to work on my Hindi so that I can make a more valuable contribution in future years! As an education expert it is also my hope that the data coming out of the ASER survey helps lead to policies and practices that will raise educational achievement levels for all children in India, no matter where they may live.

893 thoughts on “Of map making and whispers”

  1. Pingback: viagra discount
  2. Pingback: buy cialis online
  3. Pingback: generic cialis
  4. M.E.C Mon Electricien Catalan
    44 Rue Henry de Turenne
    66100 Perpignan

    Electricien Perpignan

    Excellent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just too magnificent.
    I actually like what you have acquired here, really like what you’re saying and
    the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still
    take care of to keep it wise. I can not wait to read much more
    from you. This is really a wonderful web site.

  5. Taxi moto line
    128 Rue la Boétie
    75008 Paris
    +33 6 51 612 712  

    Taxi moto paris

    Thank you for another informative web site. The place else may just I
    am getting that kind of information written in such an ideal manner?

    I have a undertaking that I’m simply now operating on, and I’ve
    been at the glance out for such info.

  6. Hello there! This article couldn’t be written much better! Looking through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept talking about this. I am going to forward this information to him. Pretty sure he’s going to have a great read. Thanks for sharing!|

  7. Pingback: cialis in europe
  8. I like the helpful info you provide in your articles.

    I’ll bookmark your blog and check again here frequently. I’m
    quite sure I will learn plenty of new stuff right here!
    Good luck for the next!

  9. Good site! I really love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I am wondering how I might be notified when a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your RSS which must do the trick! Have a great day!

  10. According to him, posture correctors are more helpful for people who just have poor habits. “Patients with abnormalities in posture, rigid deformities of the spine — such as severe spondylosis or instability of the spine — these are patients where we feel that posture devices are not necessarily going to treat the the diagnosis that’s resulting in the symptoms,” he says. Thank you for visiting this site, a digital service operated by Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited (“Turner”, “we” or “us”). This privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) explains our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used by this digital service (the \Service\”) We refer to your personal data as \”Information\”.” https://pipedreamed.com/community/profile/louveniabullen6/ Which brings us to Bloons TD 6. It’s a game the relies heavily on the past, and while it looks lovely, it doesn’t add anything new to the formula we’re all starting to grow a little tired of. The Monkey Village is easily the most underrated tower in BTD6. It doesn’t even pop bloons, though, right? While it does not pop bloons, it does allow other towers to become absurdly powerful for their round. The Monkey Village’s immediate cost is daunting; but if purchased, a 0-0-2 upgrade path will save you 3,690 cash when purchasing a Sun Avatar on Hard Difficulty. The tower’s range increases by a fair amount as well. The Monkey Village also displays versatility in its top two upgrade paths. The extended range option can allow this support tower to benefit more monkeys. The second path offers camo detection and the wildly powerful Monkey Intelligence Bureau.

  11. Оглавление Каждый мужчина хочет, чтобы его любимая девушка была сексуальной, безудержной и страстной. Однако современные женщины замучены бытом, детьми, работой. Понимающий и умный мужчина поможет своей женщине раскрыть ее сексуальность при помощи Silver Fox.  В большинстве случаем Silver Fox повышает возбудимость партнерши. Но женское возбуждение не всегда так же легко достигаемо как мужское, используйте предварительный ласки.  Возбуждающие капли Silver Fox Super рекомендован женской половине, которая хочет еще получать удовольствие от своего партнера, но имеет признаки климактерического синдрома и фригидности. Помогает возбуждающее средство при полном отсутствии оргазма, общем переутомлении организма, сухости половых органов и ослабленных мышцах малого таза, в послеродовой период или при гормональной перестройке.
    Благодаря такому уникальному составу валерьяна благоприятно воздействует на весь организм мужчины.ПОЛЕЗНО ЗНАТЬ: Не многим известно, что слово «валерьяна» походит от лат. «valere» и дословно переводится как «быть здоровым» Травница Елена Кремса уверена, что с помощью трав можно вернуть душевный покой, укрепить физическое здоровье, вернуть мужскую силу и найти суженого.      Для тех людей, кого волнует проблема инсульта, причины и профилактика его, важно понять, что защититься от этой болезни можно!  Но только при комплексном соблюдении всех мер профилактики.     Нужно постараться устранить максимум причин, способствующих возникновению проблемы.

  12. Hi there, I do think your web site might be having web browser compatibility issues.
    Whenever I take a look at your website in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in I.E., it’s
    got some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to give you a
    quick heads up! Besides that, excellent website!

  13. That is very fascinating, You’re an overly professional blogger.
    I have joined your feed and sit up for searching for
    more of your fantastic post. Additionally, I have shared your website in my social networks

  14. After I originally left a comment I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment
    is added I get 4 emails with the same comment. Perhaps there is a means you can remove me
    from that service? Kudos!

  15. Amazing blog! Do you have any suggestions for aspiring
    writers? I’m hoping to start my own website
    soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you recommend
    starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m completely confused ..
    Any ideas? Thank you!

  16. This is the right blog for anyone who wants to find out about this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!

  17. I wanted to follow up and let you know how much I valued discovering your site today. I will consider it a real honor to operate at my office and be able to utilize tips contributed on your web site and also be a part of visitors’ responses like this. Should a position associated with guest article author become on offer at your end, make sure you let me know.

  18. Heyy woud yoou mknd sharing whioch blg platform you’re
    working with? I’m lookinbg tto tart myy own bblog
    inn tthe near futue but I’m having a tough time
    selecting etween BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution annd Drupal.
    The rrason I aask iss because youir desigtn seems different
    thhen mot blogs andd I’m lookking foor something unique.
    P.S My apologiess forr being off-topic but I hhad tto ask!

  19. I just couldn’t leave your site before suggesting that I
    extremely loved the usual info a person supply on your visitors?

    Is going to be back regularly to check out new posts

  20. Hi there would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with?
    I’m going to start my own blog in the near future
    but I’m having a difficult time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for
    something unique. P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  21. Greetings from Carolina! I’m bored at work so I decided to browse your site
    on my iphone during lunch break. I love the information you provide here and can’t
    wait to take a look when I get home. I’m shocked at how fast your blog loaded on my mobile ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, superb site!

  22. I’ve been surfing online more than three
    hours lately, yet I by no means found any attention-grabbing
    article like yours. It is lovely value enough for me. In my
    view, if all web owners and bloggers made excellent content
    material as you did, the internet will probably be a lot more useful
    than ever before.

  23. I have been surfing online greater than three hours these days,
    yet I by no means discovered any attention-grabbing article like yours.
    It’s beautiful price enough for me. In my view, if
    all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the net shall be a lot more useful than ever before.

  24. I’ve been browsing on-line greater than three hours nowadays, yet I by
    no means discovered any attention-grabbing article like yours.
    It is beautiful worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers made just
    right content material as you did, the internet will likely be much more helpful
    than ever before.

  25. UFABET เว็บแทงบอลออนไล์ที่เรียกได้ว่าแจ๋วสุดในขณะนี้เลยก็ได้เนื่องจากเป็นเว็บที่ถูกกล่าวถึงมากบนโลกออนไลน์ ในด้านการคลังได้รับการยอมรับแล้วว่ามีความมั่นคงยั่งยืนสูง รวมทั้งยังมีการพัฒนาระบบอยู่สม่ำเสมอเพื่อให้สมาชิกได้เข้าใช้งานอย่างไม่มีสะดุดเลยครับผม

  26. วันนี้คุณสามารถสร้างรายได้ให้ตัวเองได้ไม่ยากแค่เพียงเข้ามาที่ UFABET แล้วก็ลงทะเบียนกับพวกเราคุณก็ร่วมแทงบอลออนไลน์ได้ในทันที เปลี่ยนแปลงความชอบเป็นรายได้ ยุคนี้จะต้องเห็นด้วยขอรับว่าเงินหายาก แต่ไม่ใช่ที่ UFABETแทงบอลหลายรูปแบบทั้ง บอลผู้เดียว บอลสเต็ป บอลสด

  27. ถ้าเกิดคุณอยากได้พนันบอล วันนี้คุณไม่ต้องเดินทางไปโต๊ะบอลอีกต่อไปเพียงแค่เข้ามาที่ UFABET เว็บแทงบอลออนไลน์ที่จะทำให้การแทงบอลของคุณเป็นเรื่องที่ไม่ยากๆมีแทงบอลทุกแบบอย่างให้เลือกทั้งบอลเดี่ยว บอลสเต็ป บอลสด หรือจะมองบอลฟรียังได้เลยนะครับ

  28. สล็อตออนไลน์ใครได้ทดสอบเล่นเป็นจำเป็นต้องชอบอกชอบใจ ด้วยความที่รูปแบบของเกมง่าย แม้กระนั้นที่สำคัญไปกว่านั้นคือทำเงินได้มากถึง 400-500 เท่าของทุนเลย ไม่เพียงเท่านั้น UFABET ยังเพิ่มรางวัล รวมทั้งแจ็คพอตเพื่อเพิ่มช่องทางให้ผู้เล่นได้เงินง่ายมากยิ่งขึ้นอีกด้วย

  29. Hi there, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i
    was just curious if you get a lot of spam comments? If so
    how do you stop it, any plugin or anything you can suggest?

    I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any assistance is very much appreciated.

  30. Hi, I do believe this is a great web site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I’m going to
    revisit once again since I book marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change,
    may you be rich and continue to help other people.

  31. It’s perfect time to make a few plans
    for the long run and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this put
    up and if I may just I want to counsel you few attention-grabbing issues or suggestions.
    Maybe you could write next articles relating to this article.
    I wish to read more things approximately it!

  32. Unquestionably believe that that you stated. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the internet the simplest thing to bear in mind of. I say to you, I definitely get irked even as other folks consider worries that they just do not recognize about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the highest and also defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , folks could take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thank you!

  33. Hi there would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re utilizing?

    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different web browsers and I must say this blog loads
    a lot faster then most. Can you recommend a good hosting provider at a fair price?

    Thanks, I appreciate it!

  34. I have been surfing online more than three hours nowadays, but I by
    no means discovered any fascinating article
    like yours. It’s pretty price enough for me. Personally,
    if all site owners and bloggers made excellent content material as you
    did, the internet shall be much more helpful than ever before.

  35. Hey there! Someone in my Facebook group shared this
    site with us so I came to check it out. I’m definitely
    enjoying the information. I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers!

    Great blog and terrific design and style.