Every Child in School and Learning Well

More than 50% of India's fifth graders cannot read a second-grade text. You can change that.

Vocational Training

By 2020, India will account for 28% of the world's workforce. However, only 2% of its current workers have received any formal training.

A Second Chance

Almost 70% of India's children drop out of school before grade 10. We afford dropouts a safe, supportive learning environment so they can complete their secondary school education.


Pratham has reached 45 million children in 21 years working in partnership with local communities and state governments.

Pratham USA

Pratham USA consistently earns a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. Over 92% of the funds raised by Pratham USA go directly to support programs in India.

Our Mission

Of the 250 million children worldwide who cannot read or write, two-fifths reside in India, where for 21 years Pratham has been working to alleviate this crisis.
We develop low-cost solutions to improve the quality of learning and work with governments to take them to scale.
Our community-driven approach has engaged hundreds of thousands of volunteers and has affected the lives of 45 million Indian children.

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Samita’s Story: Finding Her Technical Direction

Samita Patil is both nervous and excited. She is headed for a job interview with a group of other girls, all hoping to find employment as electricians—typically a man’s field.

Three months ago, Samita was living at home with her aunt, uncle and brother in Shahabaz. She had a twelfth-grade education but no clear direction in life, and she feared marriage might deter any further dreams of education. When a neighbor told her about the Pratham vocational training program in Panvel, Samita jumped at the chance.



A People's Movement for Learning

Pratham Featured in Brookings Institution Study on Scaling and Learning

Manoj Singh Joins Pratham USA Board of Directors

Pratham USA Earns Sixth Consecutive Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator