An Evaluation to Improve Literacy of School Age Children Project: Findings from the Baseline

For providing quality education, BRAC, World Food Program (WFP), and Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Services initiated a project in Fulchari and Sundarganj Upazilas. A total of 375 schools in Fulchari and Sundarganj Upazilas will benefit from this. 110 schools have been included in the first phase. For evaluating project activities, a series of studies have been planned. This baseline study explored the initial situation of schools under intervention in terms of enrolment, attendance, completion, and literacy skills of students. Review of the training process, measures changes that comprehend stakeholders (teachers and RDRS staff), and understanding the challenges in implementing new knowledge are also inbuilt into the agenda of this study. Both qualitative and quantitative techniques were applied for data collection. A total of 30 schools were randomly selected where a school survey, assessment of students’ learning ability and their socioeconomic background, teacher’s perceptions, and stakeholder’s views on project activities were collected. Findings revealed that students’ enrolment and attendance are quite satisfactory, however, they are not much competent in reading and writing. In Particular, there is a significant crisis in writing which proves that they need much attention. Generally, teachers and RDRS staff seemed to be satisfied with the quality of training, while some of them thought that teachers’ orientation and school management training should be more elaborate. This study suggests frequent classroom observations and initiates some extra efforts for the go-slow-learners. Regular communication with community, teachers, stakeholders, and govt. officials are required.

Author: Afroze, Rifat
Type: Working Paper
Year: 2016