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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"ASER data should be looked at to understand how far have we come and where do we need to go", says Dr. Rukmini Banerji while sharing her insights on the ASER findings in conversation with Uma Vishnu from Indian Express.Watch the full interview: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJoV-fUG2zoASER Centre Pratham USA Pratham UK ... See MoreSee Less
Listen to what Dr. Rukmini Banerji has to say about making big things possible when everyone works together toward it. Tune in to the full podcast by Ericsson where Dr. Banerji from Pratham and Abhay Saboo from CoLearn Indonesia spoke about 'The Impact of Connectivity on the Future of Education'.wcm.ericsson.net/en/podcasts/tech-cetera/the-impact-of-connectivity-on-the-future-of-educationASER Centre Pratham USA Pratham UK ... See MoreSee Less
Dr. Rukmini Banerji, CEO of Pratham was in conversation with Sara Goss from Ericsson in the debut episode of Tech Cetera, Season 2 alongside Abhay Saboo, Founder and CEO of CoLearn Indonesia. They spoke about the 'Impact of Connectivity on the Future of Education'.Dr. Banerji stressed on the importance of understanding what learning should really mean and how we can bring in people who can help children with this.listen to the full podcast here: wcm.ericsson.net/en/podcasts/tech-cetera/the-impact-of-connectivity-on-the-future-of-educationASER Centre Pratham USA Pratham UK ... See MoreSee Less

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