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Durham University

School of Education

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Publication details for Dr Nadia Siddiqui

Siddiqui, Nadia, Bulsari, Smruti, Gorard, Stephen, See, Beng Huat, Dixon, Pauline, Pandya, Kiran, Saeed, Saba & Saeed, Sahar (2020). Pilot study report 2020 Assessing Early Years Schooling, Access and Student Outcomes (AESAS): Establishing routes for sustainable education in Pakistan and India.

Author(s) from Durham


AESAS project is an opportunity
for us to investigate the
importance and function of
school in children’s lives in the
two largest regions of Punjab,
Pakistan and State of Gujarat,
India. AESAS is a comparative
study of children’s learning
outcomes in the 3.5 to 6 years of
age. We are assessing children in
this study regardless of their
school enrolment status so that
we can compare the learning
levels of children who attended
early years of formal education
with those who have had no
chance of attending formal
education. This comparison will
carefully match children based on
their family socioeconomic
status, family size, parental
education, access to schools and
regional characteristics. The
analysis of these factors will give
us an indication of differences
among children and their learning
patterns and how much early
years of education can determine
children’s readiness to attend
formal school.