Pratham's Second Chance program focuses on providing school drop-outs, especially women, another chance at education. Second Chance program aims to support those who could not complete their secondary education. The program focuses on completion of Grade 10, in the hope that this academic certificate would prove useful for the learners and further their opportunities for educational growth and employability. The Second Chance program uses innovative teaching methods, to provide accessible and affordable learning opportunities very close to where the students live. Some of the Second Chance programs are residential and others are non-residential.

Currently, Pratham has Second Chance centres in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Telangana.
The Right to Education law in India guarantees free and compulsory schooling to all children up to Grade 8. However, for a variety of reasons (such as distance, cost, access, socio-economic constraints and cultural barriers) many students drop out of school or discontinue their education. This phenomenon is even more pronounced for girls and young women.

Challenges of re-entering the education system and in accessing further learning opportunities are huge especially for young people (age 15-24) who did not finish elementary school or did not go on to secondary school. India does have open schooling opportunities however there is lack of awareness and of adequate motivation and support for a student to use open schooling as a way of continuing their education.
The Second Chance program prepares and supports students to take the Grade 10 - Secondary Board/Open School examinations. The program runs in two phases. The first phase is called the Foundation Course (FC). When the students first enrol in the program, they go through a Foundation Course as a part of the preparation for the Secondary School exam curriculum. The Foundation course lasts for 3-4 months. It addresses the need to catch up with fundamentals, to enable the student to cope with the syllabus for Grade 10 exams. Subjects like English, Mathematics, Language (State specific), Science/Home Science and Life skills are covered. Assessment in form of a Pre-test, at the onset of FC and Post-test, at the end of FC are conducted to track the learnings levels of the students and their growth during the Course.

After the Foundation course, students move to the Main Course: Students study in an interactive environment that includes: discussions, debates and presentations through group learning and peer learning activities.

Vocational Skills and exposure to other subjects: Second Chance program encourages exposure and awareness of various employability and personal development concepts by organizing vocational courses for current and past students and community members. Modules on topics such as health and hygiene, child care, development and nutrition and digital learning (in selected centres) are also offered.
Over the years, close to 18,000 students have benefited from Pratham's Second Chance program. The number of students who appeared for the Board examinations till now are 11,134. Overall, the pass percentage of students is 75%.
Year Total number of centers Foundation Course Enrolment Post Foundation Course Enrolment Appeared for the Grade 10 exam Number who passed % Students passing
    17,989 13748 11134 8321 75%
2011-12 10   390 226 90 40%
2012-13 30 4135 2838 2214 1129 51%
2014-15 31 4663 3338 2771 1995 72%
2015-16 31 4679 3642 2871 2433 85%
2016-17 33 4512 3540 3053 2674 88%
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