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Pratham was created in 1994 to provide pre-school education to underprivileged children in the city of Mumbai. Madhav Chavan and Farida Lambay co-founded the organization with support from UNICEF and the Mumbai Municipal Corporation. Together, they built a grassroots team around a simple mission: “every child in school and learning well.” Today, Pratham is India’s largest non-governmental organization in education, working in 20 states across India, reaching over 1.5 million children annually.

Through a wide selection of programs and services aimed at addressing educational disparity for underserved populations, Pratham’s strategy is to design and demonstrate low-cost pedagogical models that can be easily integrated by teachers and rapidly expanded to state and national level to reach a large segment of India’s 100 million illiterate children. While our programs and delivery methods continue to evolve, one thing has never changed—our commitment to improving the quality of education for all.

Pratham USA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building awareness and raising resources for the work undertaken in India. Pratham USA has chapters in 14 US cities, with supporters representing a range of individuals and organizations that share a strong personal commitment to improving child literacy.

Entries by Pratham

What Does It Cost to Finance an Urban Learning Center?

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 2:58 PM

Having spent a few inspiring weeks visiting with the children and teachers of the Pratham Dallupura Urban Learning Centre (ULC) in a low-income neighborhood on the outskirts of Delhi, I wondered how much it costs to run a center in Delhi and why. I inquired with Mrs. Jaya Bisht, the...

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Reflections of a Pratham Institute Intern

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 12:05 PM

This past summer, I interned at the Pratham Institute for Literacy, Education and Vocational Training in their Mumbai office. I had spent the previous summer in Washington, D.C. learning about education policy and wanted to gain an operations perspective to providing quality education. Working at Pratham was exciting...

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From Schooling to Learning in India: How Can We Take Everyone Along?

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 8:56 AM

In a crowded room, deep in rural Bihar in eastern India, a heated discussion was going on. Most people in the room were officials of the government education department; each person in the room was responsible for "supervising" 15 to 20 public primary schools. Like in other parts of India,...

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