We are proud to announce that Pratham CEO Dr. Rukmini Banerji has been awarded the 2021 Yidan Prize for Education Development - the world’s highest education accolade - for her work in improving learning outcomes.
The Yidan Prize is an inclusive education award that recognizes individuals or teams who have contributed significantly to the theory and practice of education. Rukmini will join nine laureates who have been awarded the Yidan Prize since its inception in 2016.
With the support of the Yidan Prize, Rukmini plans to strengthen and expand Pratham’s work with young children so that strong foundations can be built early in a child’s life. This will contribute significantly towards our goal of seeing “every child in school and learning well.”



Pratham is an innovative learning organization created to improve the quality of education in India. Established in 1995 to provide education to children in the slums of Mumbai, Pratham has grown in both scope and scale, with programs today reaching children and youth across the country.

As one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the country, Pratham focuses on high-quality, low-cost and replicable interventions to address gaps in the education system. Working  directly with children and youth as well as through large-scale collaborations with government systems, Pratham programs reach millions of lives every year. Pratham's Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) approach has demonstrated proven impact on children's learning outcomes and is now being adapted to contexts outside India.



Across the spectrum from Early Childhood Education to Secondary Education, our programs strive to achieve focused objectives across different segments, as defined by our understanding of existing gaps and the impact of our innovations over time.

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Meet Suman from Sanauli village in Uttar Pradesh. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts degree and is currently an active volunteer who is helping children in her community learn.Suman has been trained by Pratham in how to conduct learning activities with children in a Mohalla Learning Camp and also receives fun learning activities and games on her phone from Pratham. She prefers fun-filled games over other activities since she believes, "Children learn best when they get to enjoy the process".In this picture, she is conducting a language game called 'Kya-Kya Udaoge' (What will you fly) through which children learn about different birds, animals and objects while having fun!...Support children's learning in more than 10,000 communities. Visit this link to contribute: www.bit.ly/donate-catchup..#catchup #children #volunteer #learning #education #foundationalskills ... See MoreSee Less
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