Literacy has the power to end the cycle of poverty in India

Working in collaboration with governments, communities, parents, teachers and volunteers, Pratham focusses on addressing gaps in the Indian education system. The clarity of our mission—“every child in school and learning well”—drives our focusses.


It all started in the slums of Mumbai...

In 1994, with support from UNICEF and the Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Dr. Madhav Chavan and Farida Lambay set out to end the vicious cycle of poverty. They set up self-sustaining Balwadis (preschools), which provided remedial education “bridge” classes for primary school students who were lagging behind their peers.

Working in collaboration with governments, communities, parents, teachers and volunteers, these days we focus on innovative interventions to address gaps in the education system. The clarity of our mission—“every child in school and learning well” —drives our focus to make an impact on the lives of India’s children and extends from our leadership to our volunteers in the field.

Pratham AUS  is volunteer run, non-profit, charitable organisation. It is registered with the ACNC and ATO with a DGR 1 status.


The Pratham AUS Vision

Our vision is to end the cycle of poverty in India by providing access to education for every child.

Pratham has developed several innovative programs responding to the needs of different cohorts of children and young adults.

Pratham AUS has decided to focus on its Second Chance program that caters for the needs of girls who have had to drop out of school for reasons beyond their control.

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Where and How We Work

Pratham sites have been established in 21 states of India. Its Second Chance program currently operates in 9 states.

Since 2015 Pratham has been developing digital platforms for hybrid learning. Learning applications are being continuously added to Pratham’s Open School YouTube channel and to Google Playstore.

Pratham’s proven methodologies for citizen-led learning have been adopted by several countries in Asia and Africa.  


Develop Innovative Programs

Pratham uses outcome-driven programs that reconfigure teaching methodologies and challenge ineffective learning mechanisms. Our strategies focus on results, accountability, continuous learning and improvement.

Advocate Change

Pratham’s willingness to take risks, adapt to changing circumstances and look beyond our programs gives us leverage to create broader change. We amplify our impact by sharing information with other nonprofits and advocating for large-scale policy changes.

Build Scalable Models

Pratham’s low-cost learning models are rigorously tested and evaluated so they can be easily replicated on a larger scale to provide quality education to every child.