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(Re)conceptualizing BRAC’s mentoring program from a human capabilities perspective

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Although children in Bangladesh are increasingly entering school, many of them remain functionally illiterate, perform poorly on exams, and drop out of school. In response to this situation, BRAC, a local development NGO, initiated its Mentoring Program as a means to enhance the quality of education in rural secondary schools. This presentation draws on Amartya Sen’s (1989) Human Capabilities Approach (HCA) to analyze this program and identify appropriate indicators on which to evaluate its processes and outcomes. HCA theorizes that human development occurs when people have the freedom and the agency to live lives they value. The researcher lays out preliminary answers to the following questions: What aspects of HCA are explicitly or implicitly reflected in the design and implementation of the Mentoring Program? What aspects are not reflected or contradicted? How do the measures currently being used to monitor and evaluate the Mentoring Program (e.g. school attendance, student participation in nation-wide exams, and student performance on these exams) align with aspects of the HCA? What other indicators are needed to effectively and comprehensively evaluate the program once it is (re)conceptualized from an HCA perspective? How feasible (in terms of cost, time, data, and political and institutional constraints) would it be to collect, analyze, and report data on these additional indicators? The ultimate goal of this research is to develop a matrix of indicators that will support BRAC in enhancing educational quality and human development in Bangladesh.
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Pagán, Luis. "(Re)conceptualizing BRAC’s mentoring program from a human capabilities perspective" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Apr 30, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492900_index.html>

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Pagán, L. R. , 2011-04-30 "(Re)conceptualizing BRAC’s mentoring program from a human capabilities perspective" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492900_index.html

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Abstract: Although children in Bangladesh are increasingly entering school, many of them remain functionally illiterate, perform poorly on exams, and drop out of school. In response to this situation, BRAC, a local development NGO, initiated its Mentoring Program as a means to enhance the quality of education in rural secondary schools. This presentation draws on Amartya Sen’s (1989) Human Capabilities Approach (HCA) to analyze this program and identify appropriate indicators on which to evaluate its processes and outcomes. HCA theorizes that human development occurs when people have the freedom and the agency to live lives they value. The researcher lays out preliminary answers to the following questions: What aspects of HCA are explicitly or implicitly reflected in the design and implementation of the Mentoring Program? What aspects are not reflected or contradicted? How do the measures currently being used to monitor and evaluate the Mentoring Program (e.g. school attendance, student participation in nation-wide exams, and student performance on these exams) align with aspects of the HCA? What other indicators are needed to effectively and comprehensively evaluate the program once it is (re)conceptualized from an HCA perspective? How feasible (in terms of cost, time, data, and political and institutional constraints) would it be to collect, analyze, and report data on these additional indicators? The ultimate goal of this research is to develop a matrix of indicators that will support BRAC in enhancing educational quality and human development in Bangladesh.


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