First in promoting childhood literacy in India.
In the 1990s, half of the world’s illiterate children were in India.We created Pratham to change that. We believe education is the fundamental right of every child and no child should be deprived of this basic right simply because he or she does not have access to it or does not have the resourcesto realize his or her dreams.
Pratham means “first” in Sanskrit.
We are the first major organization to achieve lasting, wide-scale success in educating India’s youth. Our mission is to improve the quality of education in India and to ensure that all children in India are not only attending but also thriving in school. Using very low-cost and scalable methods, Pratham works in collaboration with the government, local communities, parents, teachers and volunteers across the country to achieve its mission.
We’ve reached over a million children in India.
Since our beginnings in the slums of Mumbai in 1994, we’ve become the largest non-governmental organization working to provide quality education to rural and urban children throughout India. Today, Pratham’s programs—including pre-schools, community libraries and remedial learning programs—reach millions of children every year.
Our programs focus on results and accountability.
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
- Successful models are replicated, scaled up, and implemented elsewhere
We learn from all initiatives to continually improve our approaches and results.