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PRS 7 - Citizens' Education Reports

Citizens' Education Reports should be developed at the school, district and national levels.

The School Citizens' Education Report focuses on an individual school and brings together the data gathered during the PRS process, outlining the schools performance against the 10 PRS rights. The District Citizens’ Education Report consolidates reports from several schools within a district. It presents the citizens’ findings on the state of education in their area. It should be validated and shared with national stakeholders for advocacy. The National Citizens’ Education Report consolidates reports from several districts. It should be validated and shared with national stakeholders for advocacy.

What’s involved

School Citizens' Education Report: Once the data has been shared and validated by the school community you can finalised the School Citizens’ Education Report based on the data gathered through the participatory research process and outlining the school’s performance against the 10 rights outlined in the Promoting Rights in Schools charter.

District Citizens’ Education Report: The District CER is based on the data gathered through the participatory research processes in the selected schools in a district. It outlines the performance of the schools against the 10 rights outlined in the PRS charter. The report may focus on particular priorities, for example collating evidence around violations of specific aspects of the right to education, e.g. discrimination against girls or children with disabilities or lack of transparent governance in schools etc. Before the report is finalised, it should be shared for validation with key district education stakeholders, including education authorities, district leaders, education coalitions, teachers’ representatives and others. Once the final report is ready, the District Advisory Group and other education stakeholders should use the information in the development of action plans. The evidence in the report will support advocacy and campaigning efforts at district and other levels.

National Citizens’ Education Report: The National CER is based on the consolidation of reports from several districts in a country, supplemented by information from secondary sources. It should analyse the findings in the context of the national legal and policy framework and the ten rights of the PRS charter. Engaging an experienced researcher to develop the national-level report can result in a high-quality advocacy tool with which to strengthen ActionAid and/or the national coalition’s capacity to engage in evidence-based lobbying with the Ministry of Education about reforms to policies and practice. Consider producing a summary report and/or using findings to generate policy briefs on specific issues. Look at options for collaboration with colleagues in other thematic areas. The National Citizens’ Education Reports could also be used as, or feed into, the production of a civil society ‘shadow report’ (if any is due) which should be produced in collaboration with the education coalition and others to enhance and strengthen national advocacy efforts.

The reports should include the following:

  1. Table of contents
  2. Executive summary
  3. Introduction
  4. Context
  5. Objective 
  6. Methodology 
  7. Limitations of study
  8. Findings (Presentation of data) 
  9. Analysis
  10. Lessons learnt
  11. Recommendations
  12. Conclusions 
  13. Annexes

Who’s involved

  • Local research teams
  • District Advisory Group / National Steering Committee
  • Education stakeholders from local/district/national levels
  • NGO and Partner staff
  • Consultant researcher (if used)

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