IMPLEMENTING PARTNER: Asociacion para una Sociedad mas Justa-Transformemos Honduras
GRANT AMOUNT: $35,000
The Capacity Building, Social Auditing and Advocacy for a Stronger Educational System project was undertaken with the civil society organization Asociacion para una Sociedad mas Justa-Transformemos Honduras (ASJ-TH). The project was aimed at improving teacher hiring and assignments. To do this, it would train parents and other volunteers to audit teacher assignments, monitor the number of school days each year, follow up on the teacher hiring process, and check teachers’ payroll, as well as take corrective action as needed. The results of the social audits would be disseminated, and used to press for improvements in the education system.
The project did accomplish a lot as far as social audit training and dissemination of findings is concerned. It strengthened the capacity of the ASJ-TH in helping to improve the education sector, it produced and distributed substantial amounts of relevant information, and it arranged for a host of productive and well-attended meetings with all stakeholders, including the education authorities, parents, NGOs, international donors, the Minister of Education and the President of Honduras. Consequently, much more is now known about teacher attendance, pay, and quality issues and ways to address those problems.