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Pratham DC Gala Sets New Fundraising Record for the Chapter

On October 8, 2016, Pratham Washington, DC chapter hosted its annual gala. The event, held at the Ritz Carlton in Pentagon City, was attended by nearly 400 people and raised over $320,000, a new record for the burgeoning chapter.

Guests were treated to a moving keynote address by US-India Business Council President Dr. Mukesh Aghi, who praised Pratham’s efforts in primary education: “The promise of Pratham in trying to educate the girl child is very, very important.” Aghi’s speech went on...
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Sarva Mangal Family Trust Funds Expansion of Pratham Technology Initiatives

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.
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Pratham Leadership Visits DC

Dr. Madhav Chavan, president and co-founder of Pratham, and Dr. Rukmini Banerji, CEO, visited with supporters at a dinner hosted by Bhavini and Ketan Tridevi at their home in Oaktown, Virginia. The event, held in April, was attended by many well-wishers from the DC community who had an opportunity to interact with Pratham’s leadership and learn more about the organization’s current activities.
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DC Young Professionals and SAPAN Host Night of Music and Theater

They sang. They spoke. Most importantly, they educated.

On December 16, 2015, Washington DC’s South Asian Performing Arts Network and Institute (SAPAN) presented a high-energy show entitled “Arts for Kids: An Evening of Music and Theatre.”
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India’s Biggest Educational Challenge: How to Improve 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.
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