The impact Pratham makes in India

Pratham has had a long history of having an impact on children and young adults in India, thanks to the Pratham team, supporters, volunteers and everyone who has made generous contributions to our growing movement.


The Hybrid learning program involves getting children together to co-create a learning space within their community. Digital devices and content placed directly in the hands of children providing them with opportunities and choices to learn on their own.

The program aims to create an open learning mechanism enabling children and youth to prepare for school, work, and life. Children learn on tablets and do projects or conduct activities (e.g. role plays, playing games) and then present what they have learned either in front of a live audience of parents or on a video.

Digital Initiatives - Hybrid Learning Program



Pratham establishes the ASER Centre to generate evidence for action.


Pratham receives international recognition—2010 Henry R. Kravis Leadership Prize, 2011 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship and 2012 Wise Prize for Education.


First ASER survey is conducted, eventually reaching every rural district in the country. Pratham becomes a national organization.

Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children leads a coalition of government and NGOs to eliminate child labor in Mumbai’s Zari industry, freeing over 17,000 children. This model will be used in other states in subsequent years.


Vocational training classes are piloted in partnership with Larsen & Toubro.


Read India campaign is launched. In partnership with state governments, Pratham reaches nearly 33 million children.

Pratham goes global with adoption of ASER tool in Pakistan and Kenya. Other countries, including Bangladesh, Ghana, Tanzania, Mali, Senegal and Mexico, follow suit.


Pratham's Lakhon Mein Ek campaign mobilizes 375,000 citizens. Over the course of three months, these volunteers assessed the literacy and numeracy levels of 10 million Indian children.


Pratham announces leadership transition—Dr. Rukmini Banerji takes the reins as Pratham CEO from Dr. Madhav Chavan.

The People's Action of Learning (PAL) Network, comprised of organizations in thirteen countries conducting citizen-led, household-based assessment of children's basic reading and numeracy competencies, is established, with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.


Pratham pilots a successful teaching-learning model in two rural districts of Bihar, which eventually forms the basis for partnerships statewide in Bihar and five other Indian states.


Pratham launches Second Chance program to lend support to girls and women, enabling them to complete their secondary schooling.


Pratham starts work in rural India with the innovative Learn-to-Read program.


Pratham is founded by Dr. Madhav Chavan and Farida Lambay with the launch of Balwadis (preschools) in Mumbai.


Pratham scales up with rapid expansion to other cities including Bangalore, Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Pune, Ahmedabad and Patna. Pratham USA is founded in Houston and New York City.


Remedial learning programs for out-of-school and in-school children are launched.

Computer-assisted learning program starts in partnership with Mumbai schools.

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Pratham’s work has not gone unnoticed.

Pratham has been recognised by prestigious awards and prominent organisations for both the quality of our innovations and our extensive impact.

Our contributions to education have been internationally recognised with accolades including the Asia Game Changer Award, the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award, the WISE Prize for Education, the Henry R. Kravis Leadership Prize and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

By joining our organisation’s efforts, you can feel confident that your contributions are truly making a lasting difference, not only in the lives of individual children in India but in Indian education as a whole.

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