Pratham is the largest non governmental organization working to provide quality education to the underprivileged children of India. Pratham was established in 1994 to provide pre-school education to the children in the slums of Mumbai city. Since then, the organization has grown both in scope and geographical coverage. Today, we reach out to millions of children living in both rural and urban areas through a range of interventions.
All our programs are designed to ensure that:
Enrollment in schools increases.
Learning in schools and communities increases.
The education net reaches children who are unable to attend school.
Models are replicated and scaled up to serve large numbers of children to achieve a large scale impact.
Pratham firmly believes in working with the government to bring about large scale change and therefore our programs are aimed at supplementing rather than replacing governmental efforts. We have signed Memorandums of Understanding with 8 state governments for our flagship program - Read India and are working in close collaboration with the municipal corporations in several cities such as Mumbai and Delhi.
We also work with the school systems and communities to plan and implement our programs. Thousands of volunteers, mainly women, belonging to the same communities as the children work with us to implement the interventions at the grassroots. These volunteers are mobilised, trained and monitored by the Pratham team and are also provided with Teacher Learning Material and books developed by Pratham. This not only ensures more effective implementation of our programs, but also helps build capacities at the grassroots for providing quality education to the children. Empowerment of women, especially from economically weaker sections of society and from minority religious groups is often cited as one of Pratham’s most significant contributions to the communities in which it intervenes. These young women benefit not only in terms of capacity building with regard to additional employable skills like teacher training, managing the local program/ enterprise, communication etc. but most importantly, confidence building and increased respect and acceptance in the local community.
Pratham has also become a powerful voice in the area of educational reform. The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) facilitated by Pratham is referred to by the Central and State Governments for formulating various plans and policies. Our senior team leaders are members of important policy making bodies both at the Central and State levels, including the Governing Council of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
The Pratham team comprises of educationists,development professionals,media personnel,corporates, workers, activists, PhDs, MBAs, CAs, civil servants, bankers, corporate professionals, consultants, who all bring their experiences and perspectives to the organization and are unified by the common vision of improving the future of our children.
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