In countries like India, impressive progress has been made in schooling. Well over 95% of children are now enrolled in school. But one look at the status of children’s learning shows that the situation is far from satisfactory. In her talk, Rukmini will discuss evidence from interventions for improving basic learning that have been tried on large scale in India in recent years and whether this new “thinking” in India has the possibility of going beyond schooling to improving learning on scale, not only in India but elsewhere in the developing world.
Rukmini Banerji is the Chief Executive Officer of Pratham Education Foundation, one of India’s largest NGOs working in education. She has been a member of the national leadership team of the organization and has extensive field experience both in program implementation and in research. She has led the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) effort since it was launched in 2005. ASER has been acknowledged nationally and internationally for its innovative model of household-based, citizen-led assessment which has impacted education policy and practice within India and has also been adapted for use in several countries in Africa and Asia. Over the years, she has represented Pratham and the ASER Centre in various national and international forums and is a member of committees both in India and abroad. Rukmini writes frequently on education in both Hindi and English dailies in India and enjoys writing books and stories for children.