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Established in 1995 to provide education to children in Mumbai slums, Pratham (which means “first” in Sanskrit) is now one of the largest and most successful non-governmental education organizations in India.
Working in collaboration with governments, communities, parents, teachers, and volunteers, they 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 team in the field.
Pratham USA is a volunteer-driven organization with 16 chapters across the United States that raise awareness and mobilize financial resources for our work on the ground.
With operations in 21 of India’s 29 states, Pratham reaches millions of children and youth each year, from Kashmir to Tamil Nadu. Their methods have also spread beyond India’s borders through ASER, which has inspired parallel citizen-led assessments of children’s learning in fourteen countries.