Pratham.org – India

Every child in school … and learning well

Linked with Urvashi Butalia – India;

Pratham is a large NGO involved in non-formal education for poor children in municipal schools, producing books in four or five languages … Pratham started in the slums of Mumbai in 1994, as a result of the vision of a couple of committed individuals! The two, after much deliberation, decided to tackle the problem of education headlong. They could see only one way of correcting this problem and that was to involve the people of Mumbai to help the government in its quest of universalizing primary education.

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About: … UNICEF parented the birth of Pratham and continued fostering it for the next three years. A Public Charitable Trust was accordingly formed by the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai together with the association of several prominent citizens of the city.

Today, the parental role of Pratham has been taken over by the ICICI Bank, a leading private sector bank of India. Pratham activities have spread to 21 states; assistance has come from the local governments, leading corporate houses and the local citizens. Many local trusts and governing bodies have been formed to oversee the smooth operations of Pratham activities; committed individuals from every walk of life have chipped in with their bit.

Friends of Pratham have started Pratham chapters in the USA, UK and the Middle East, to promote and support the Pratham cause in India. Overseas funding agencies such as the OXFAM NOVIB, NPL, AIF have also been sufficiently impressed by the work of Pratham, to start funding certain Pratham activities in a few states … (full text).

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