Regional Launch of NEQMAP-ACER Topical Case Study on Citizen-led Assessments in South Asian Countries

Regional Launch of NEQMAP-ACER Topical Case Study on Citizen-led Assessments in South Asian Countries


Date and Time: 
21 October 2021,1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (GMT+7/Bangkok Time)

Organizers: Network on Education Quality Monitoring in the Asia-Pacific (NEQMAP)

Event Type: Webinar

Where: Zoom 


The Network on Education Quality Monitoring in the Asia-Pacific (NEQMAP), in partnership with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) through the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Centre, produces series of ‘topical case studies’ to strengthen the knowledge base in the quality of education through research and analysis related to learning assessments. The focus of the NEQMAP topical case studies has been on how countries in the Asia-Pacific use learning assessment data in education policy and practice.

The current series (the fourth issue) on “Citizen-led Assessments: A Model for Evidence-based Advocacy and Action to Improve Learning” was released in June 2021. It illustrates a range of ways to monitor and improve learning through civil action. The Citizen-led Assessments (CLAs) model is designed as a household-based assessment to monitor and identify the most vulnerable and marginalized children, families, and communities who are often left out of school education and common school-based assessments. As such, CLAs serve as a key component of robust education monitoring systems in many developing countries.

Civil society organisations from four South Asian countries namely Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan have been implementing CLAs to assess and represent the learning levels of all children. In all four countries, the initiative is known as the Annual Status of Education Report, or ASER – a word that means ‘impact’ in three of these four countries. ASER was first implemented in India in 2005; in Pakistan in 2008; in Bangladesh in 2014; and in Nepal in 2016. CLAs engage policy makers, planners, teachers, parents, and community members in discussions about learning and help foster understanding of the importance of ensuring quality education.

Objectives and expected outcomes:

  1. Highlight key findings and concrete examples of the CLA applications from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan;
  2. Enable knowledge exchange and informed decision-making amongst education stakeholders and policymakers on using the CLA model in supporting the education strategy and addressing learning loss.

Target Audience:

The webinar is aimed at

  • members of NEQMAP network from the Asia-Pacific region; and
  • anyone with an interest in the CLA model, especially policy makers, ministry officials, curriculum developers, assessment bodies, civil society organizations, development partners, teachers, teacher trainers, academic researchers, etc.

Meeting Documents:


  • Overview of the NEQMAP-ACER topical case study from series 1-4 by NEQMAP Secretariat
  • CLA applications from India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh by South Asia ASER/PAL Network:
    3.1 ASER India: Dr Suman Bhattacharjea, Director of Research, ASER Centre
    3.2 ASER Pakistan: Ms Sehar Saeed, Deputy Director Research, Idara-e-Taleemo-Aagahi (ITA), ASER Pakistan
    3.3 ASER Nepal: Mr Rajib Timalsina, Tribhuvan University & ASER Nepal
    3.4 ASER Bangladesh: Mr Syeed Ahamed, Public Policy Analyst and Founder, CEO Institute of Informatics and Development (IID)
    3.5 PAL Network: Mr Ranajit Bhattacharyya, General Manager of PAL Network

      Video Recording


Contact information:

NEQMAP Secretariat, UNESCO Bangkok: