Pratham



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Pratham Bihar
Tagline : Bihar regaining its place as Centre of Education - Reclaiming its Future and the future of its children
Duration : 5.48 mins
Language : English

The short film made in 2006 focuses on the success that Pratham has achieved in the education sector in Bihar. Since 199 Pratham has been working in Bihar independently and in close collaboration with the government in the last two years (2004-2006) The video starts with glaring statistics of the dismal conditions of the children in Bihar. The state of Bihar has the most number of out of school and working children in the country, the low female literacy ration only augmenting that only augment its social and economic problems.

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Pratham Library
Tagline : Aayi.. Kitabe Laayi - Taking books to the Children
Duration : 4:14 mins
Language : English

The video captures the beginning of one day in the lives of two of Pratham’s teachers as they move through the winding lanes of a slum community trying to mobilize the parent and children to become a part of the Pratham Library. Their efforts pay off as the streets and lanes of Lucknow witness the magic of Pied Piper. Making a place wherever they can, the two young teachers gather their groups of eager children each one holding in their hands a book to read. Breaking every mould of the conventional library, the Pratham Library comes to life in the stories the teacher tells her eager audience. The library becomes a does not believe in just handing the books to the children. The children and teacher share with each other the stories they read and the lessons they learnt.

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Change in the air
Tagline :Pratham - Transforming a small step into a giant leap
Duration : 10.40 mins
Language : English

The film is a story of the dream that Pratham dreamed over 10 years ago. in the words of the founding member Dr. Madhav Chavan, good education is the means to help all those children deprived of dreams to not only dream but also realize their dreams. Pratham through imparting of education is trying to do exactly that help children like 14 year old Sangeeta realize their dreams.

The film showcases  success of Pratham education programs across the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Delhi we’ve tried to spread the magic of Pratham enable the children realize their dreams

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Shishuvachan - A Headstart in Learning to Read
Tagline : Giving Children wings to fly
Duration : 10.44 mins
Language : Hindi

The Film focuses on the school readiness program of Pratham called Shishuvachan. A program that focuse on improving the reading, language and math skill of the children through games, attractive illustrated books and other games and fun activities.

The film follows all the activities of the Shishuvachan program elucidating on each step to help the children to learn to read better.

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Now i can read
Tagline :Commnity in Mustafabad, East Delhi
Duration : 5 mins 35 Secs
Language : English
Subject : features Pratham's Bridge classes

The idea behind making this video was to highlight the effectiveness of Pratham’s accelerated reading technique. For this purpose children who had either dropped out of school or who had never been to school were selected. After testing their leaning levels which ranged from being able to read simple paragraphs to not even being able to recognize letters, this technique was introduce to them.

After 20 days of classes, major changes were seen in the reading levels of these children. The most impressive outcome of this accelerated technique was that no child remained at nothing level by the end of the program.

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Angrezi a to z
Tagline :Solan district, Himachal Pradesh
Duration : 6 mins 25 secs
Language : English
Subject: Featuring the English program piloted in the Solan ditrict

The video captures the fun moments of learning when the English Program was piloted in the Solan district in Himachal Pradesh. The Program is meant for children in Std I to Std V. It is designed to give them basic knowledge of English. They are taught to read and speak phonetically and through poems and chants.

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Pratham in Andra Pradesh
Tagline :Classrooms, Andra Pradesh
Duration : 4 mins 37 secs
Language : English
Subject : Read India in Andra Pradesh

The main objective of this film is to highlight the importance of education and to spread awareness about Pratham and its Read India program. The Andra Pradesh government partnered with Pratham to implement the Reading to Learn (R2L) program in the state’s government schools.

The film is a compilation of short video clips of children in schools learning through the R2L technique with a voice over that talks about status of education in India and the efforts made by Pratham in education.

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Didi
Duration : 2 min 10sec
Date : 5.9.08
Location : the didis'(Pratham teachers) communities and the Pratham classroom.
Language : Hindi with English sub headings
Subject : Focuses on young women who started as teachers in Pratham to teach children

The short film shows 2 young women who started as Pratham teachers, teaching children through Pratham methods. The film focuses on the ‘didi’s’ experience of being with Pratham.

One woman comes from a conservative Muslim family and speaks about how her grandfather was initially opposed to her becoming a teacher. Encouraged by her parents though, she still participated and today she a Program Manager for Pratham. She also speakes about how her confidence levels have increased tremendously after becoming a teacher.

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Kaajal
Duration : 2 min 24 sec
Date : 5.9.08
Location : Community and in the Pratham classroom in the community.
Language : Hindi with English sub headings
Subject : Impact of Pratham library classes in a Delhi slum community, with a focus on one migratory family.

It is a case study of sorts about a girl in a family with two brothers. The girl Kaajal has been attending the Pratham library class regularly. The family came to Delhi in 2006 from their village and Kaajal started going to the Pratham library class. Then she didn’t even know the hindi letters. Soon she learnt them and in a few months was accepted in std. 3 in municipal school in Delhi. Now she can read books in English, has learnt Maths and is the brightest girl in her class.

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Sainath
Duration : 2 min 28 sec
Date : 5.9.08
Location : the first residential school in Musafir Khana in Mumbai.
Language : Hindi with English sub headings
Subject : The work done in the residential schools started by Pratham, with a focus on a 10 year old boy called Sainath.

The film shows Sainath talk about his life before entering the Pratham residential school and after. Sainath used to sell trinkelts in the local trains of Mumbai, when he met a Pratham teacher who told him to stay in the residential school where he would get food, a place to stay and most importantly education. It has been 3 years that he has been in this school and wants to be there even when he grows up.  56 boys live in this residential school in Mumbai and Pratham residential schools have 90,000 such children all over India.

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Face of Hope
Duration : 7min 28 sec
Date : 2006
Location : Mainly in the zari factories and the residential schools.
Language : English
Subject : The work done by Pratham in freeing many children from the zari (weaving) factories of Mumbai and sending them back to their villages and residential schools (also started by Pratham).

16,000 children out of 30,000 children were rescued and sent back to their homes or residential schools from the sweatshops of Mumbai. This was done with the support of the government and the legal system which abolishes child labour. This was done by first convincing the owners of these sweat shops that child labour is against the law and education is a right. This led to Pratham teachers teaching the children for 2-3 days everyday in sweat shops and in the drop in centres (with computers, carom etc.) in the neighbouring areas. After this, with the help of the police, these children were rescued.  Many children were sent to residential schools in Sitamarhi to be educated and live their childhood once again.

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Chakori Baheril Mule
Duration : 19 min 27 sec
Date : 2006
Location : The various places where child labour is rampant. For eg. Dumping grounds, sweatshops, small restaurants etc.
Language : Marathi
Subject : The situation of child labour in India

The film describes the child labour industry in India. First it states some facts and figures and then shows snapshots of all the sectors which thrives on child labour. The film then goes in detail into through independent interviews with a child working in a sweatshop and the owner of the sweatshop. They show the contradiction between what the owner says he does for the children (like a regular salary, funding treatment for illnesses) and what the children state (like being beaten, not given regular salaries etc.)

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Day Visit
Duration : 2 min 36 sec
Date : 3.11.08
Location : Singeshwar Camp, Bihar.
Language : English and Hindi with English subtitiles
Subject : Pratham camp schools at Singeshwar camp with focus on the Pratham block coordinators and students

The film shows describes the education camp at Singeshwar attempting to bring some normalcy into the lives of children who lost their homes in the Bihar floods. A girl from a far off flood-hit area talks about moving from one flooded area to the other, finally found this camp and now are learning at the camp. The film also shows a block coordinator of Pratham narrating her experience.

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Evening
Duration : 2 min 16 sec
Date : 3.11.08
Location : Singeshwar Camp, Bihar.
Language :English and Hindi with English subtitiles
Subject : Pratham camp schools at Singeshwar camp with a focus on the youth parliament initiated by Pratham

The film highlights the youth parliament formed by Pratham in the flood- migrant camp of Singeshwar. The film shows a teenager boy who is the Prime Minister of the camp. He enthusiastically talks about his cabinet and names the Health Minister and Education Minister of his Youth Parliament. He also talks about how obedient and efficient his minister is.

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