PHASE TWO BASELINE REPORT
Sustaining the gains made from community-based education (CBE) remains a concern of education stakeholders in Afghanistan. Inspired by the Afghan government’s new Citizen’s Charter (CC) initiative, ALSE’s Phase Two research will test a sustainability model of CBE through the co-management of education services by community shuras. Before testing this model, ALSE first carried out an institutional-capacity assessment with the three shuras that will be tasked with education management under CC – Community Development Councils (CDCs), Educational Subcommittees (ESs), and School Management Shuras (SMSs).
The ALSE Phase Two Baseline Report presents findings from this assessment. The Report presents the results on shura functionality, capacity training received to date, connections with government and nongovernmental organizations, and competency levels on key institutional management practices. The Report also provides detailed information on ALSE’s own capacity training with these shuras, various components of the design and implementation of the training, and lessons learned. We conclude with suggestions on how these institutions can be further strengthened and provide recommendations for future capacity building activities.
Highlights of the findings:
- CDC, ES, SMS continue to function and operate mostly informally. They are well aware of their roles and responsibilities for their communities in the villages.
- Overall, the shuras scored in the low moderate to high moderate range on key management practices. However, each of the three institutions has strengths and weaknesses. Together they have the potential to create an effective institutional system to co-manage education service delivery at the village-level.
- To realize this potential they need to be recognized more broadly by both government and nongovernmental entities and incorporated into a formalized organizational structure with clear links between their roles. They also need a systematic capacity building training across the country.
ALSE asks you to please cite the Phase Two Baseline Report using the following citation:
Burde, D., J. Middleton, and C. Samii. 2018. Assessment of Learning Outcomes and Social Effects of Community-Based Education: A Randomized Field Experiment in Afghanistan. Phase Two Baseline Report. New York: Steinhardt School, New York University.