ASER Centre in collaboration with the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai offered certified capacity building courses for field researchers, survey coordinators and professionals in other organisations working in similar fields. Participants from organisations such as Accountability Initiative, IDInsight, JPAL SA, IFMR, Room to Read, Saajha, and many individual participants have successfully completed the course.
The District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) are government teacher training colleges that have been set up in most districts of the country. The DIET Partnership Program was started in 2015 to improve the ability of future primary school teachers to identify and address children’s foundational learning needs. Pratham and ASER Centre teams trained students who were studying to become teachers in selected DIETs. They learnt how to understand children’s current learning levels, group children by learning level, and teach each group of children using methods and materials designed to help them acquire foundational skills in reading and arithmetic in a short period of time. The course was based on Pratham’s Combined Activities for Maximised Learning (CAMaL) approach, better known today as Teaching at the Right Level or TaRL.
This workshop introduces the basic concepts of measurement in the context of a specific educational policy, i.e. the Right to Education Act. In addition to an in-depth understanding of the provisions of the Act, this workshop provides participants with a first exposure to how to generate, analyse, and present evidence. Classroom and field sessions help participants to think about the processes and how these influence learning outcomes. Participants link their understanding from their field visit by analysing the data collected and discussing the gaps observed between policy and practice. They are encouraged to ideate use of evidence to pursue new or corrective ground-level action post-workshop.