Pratham started out as a small organization in the slums of Mumbai, and now helps to provide quality education to millions of underprivileged children across rural and urban India. These are dedicated people unified by the common vision of improving the future of India’s children in a sustainable way. They do sterling work to increase enrolment in schools, improve learning, and make education available to children previously unable to attend school.
Pratham’s flagship nationwide program, Read India, helps to improve the reading, writing and basic arithmetic skills of children aged 6-14. The impact is already unimaginable. In 2008-09, the campaign reached 33 million children across 19 states. It covered 305,000 out of the 600,000 villages of India, mobilized 450,000 volunteers and trained over 600,000 teachers, officials and government workers. Many of the most enthusiastic volunteers are young women from the slums, and by helping to empower these women, Pratham is bringing about real, grassroots change. We’re very proud to be able to contribute to this work.