- About Us
|The journey that started to eliminate the cycle of poverty by eradicating illiteracy from India|
|Dreaming the impossible & starting big|
|Pratham started its mission to educate on a large scale with the view that education facilities must reach as many children as possible and as quickly as possible.
Thus Pratham was established as a Public Charitable Trust by the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, UNICEF, and several prominent citizens of the country in 1995 to provide education to children in the slums of Mumbai.
Today, Pratham is the largest NGO working in the Indian education sector.
|Massive expansion and national impact|
|Over the years, the Pratham network has expanded to 21 states in India and our direct programmes and affiliated organizations reach thousands of children each year.
The catalysts for this success have been the innovative methods used to approach the problem of education in India. The implementation of these unique programmes aims to create a national impact.
|Understanding the root of the problem and starting there|
|Pratham recognized that the first step to achieving universal primary education is to achieve universal preschool education, and has worked towards this goal through the Balwadi (pre-school) programme. It began by providing preschool education to children in the slums of Mumbai. Soon, the Pratham Balwadis multiplied and this successful model was adopted in other states across the nation.|
|Next came Balsakhi, or 'bridge classes'|
|While setting up Balwadis, we came in contact with children who were lagging behind academically and were at a risk of dropping out. Steps had to be taken to bring them up to a minimum learning level so that they do not drop out of school.|
|Reaching new heights|
|Between 1999 and 2001, Pratham expanded its work to cover 19 cities with unique teaching models. Simultaneously, we began working in the sphere of child rights by tackling the problem of child labour through an outreach programme that eventually gave birth to the Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children (PCVC)
In 2000, Pratham was awarded the Global Development Network Award, sponsored by the World Bank and Government of Japan, and was regarded as one of the top three 'most innovative development projects'.
|Learn to Read - the programme that changed everything|
|The 'Learn to Read' programme was a breakthrough at Pratham. It demonstrated that learning can be improved over a short timespan and at a low cost. The model was ready to be replicated on a national scale.|
|Research as the key to cultural transformation|
By 2005, we realized that the world did not understand the severity of illiteracy in India and its consequences.
It has been significant in defining a qualitative agenda in education and is widely acknowledged in government and policy circles, both inside and outside of India.
|Read India, the response to a crisis in learning|
The findings of ASER 2005 and 2006 revealed that in spite of having been in school for over 4 years, a significant percentage of children could not read, write, or do basic arithmetic.To address this issue Pratham launched the Read India campaign in 2007 which aimed to improve reading, writing and basic arithmetic skills of children between 6-14 years.
|A programme for dropout students|
|The Second Chance programme gives dropout students, especially girls, a chance to complete their education and acquire skills for employment. This particularly helps girls in small towns and villages.|
|We understood the growing importance of technology|
|The Pratham InfoTech Foundation (PIF) was started in 2004 to achieve e-education for all. The PIF works to facilitate the adoption of Information Technology (IT) in education and boost digital literacy to bridge the digital divide in India and to aid inclusive growth.|
|Vocational training programmes|
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|Pratham continues to reach underprivileged children and youth in vast areas of the county by constantly adding new and innovative programmes.
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