On October 15, 2016, Harvard University’s South Asian Association (SAA) hosted a concert featuring Penn Masala, which bills itself as the world’s first South Asian a cappella group. The group performed to a sold-out crowd of more than 500 at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School’s Fitzgerald Theatre with all proceeds going to benefit Pratham.
Pratham USA is pleased announced a two-year commitment from the Sarva Mangal Family Trust to support the expansion of technology initiatives aimed at assisting Indian middle schoolers (ages 10-14) and young adults (ages 18-30).
Over the past 12 months, we have been experimenting with the use of tablet technology as a way to deliver our educational content to economically disadvantaged children with the primary objective of inspiring and engaging them through self-directed learning.
For ten years, Pratham’s Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) has informed communities and leaders that India’s elementary education is in dire straits. Only half of children in Grade 5 can read at the second-grade level or solve a simple two-digit subtraction problem. That’s about 100 million Indian children who are expected to move forward in life without having grasped the fundamentals.
The Boston Gala, held on September 25, 2015 at the Taj Boston, was not only a celebration of Pratham’s 20th anniversary, it was also a celebration of education.
The evening’s emcee, former Miss America Nina Davuluri, kicked off the festivities by sharing the value education played in her own life and informing guests of the ways Pratham’s literacy and learning programs transform the lives of India’s children.
On March 18, 2015, India’s Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha met with 60 Pratham supporters in a discussion about contemporary India. The evening was hosted by Vikrant Raina and Pratima Abichandani, board members of the Boston chapter, at the Brae Burn Country Club in Newton, MA.
- Kamesh and Geeta Aiyer
- Sushil Bhatia
- Bhaskar Chakravorti and Gita Rao
- Prof. Srikant Datar
- Anu and Ranjay Gulati
- Kedar and Renu Gupta
- Apoo Koticha and Laura Miller
- Sanjay Mirchandani
- Ranjana and Raj Mundhe
- Subash Pereira
- Vikrant Raina
- Fahim Siddiqui
- Renuka and Ashish Singh
- Vidula and Vikas Sukhatme
- Vikas Taneja