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 80% of India's girls drop out of school before reaching grade 8. 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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Rakhi’s Story: Dedicated to Her Students’ Dreams

Rakhi is a teacher in Pratham’s Second Chance program at a center in Mumbai. She spends her days helping female dropouts ages 14-35 prepare for their secondary school exams. Rakhi sees a lot of girls and women pass through her doors, and their story is often the same: circumstances at home caused them to leave school early.



Pratham Featured in The Economist

Pratham USA Earns Seventh Consecutive Charity Navigator Four-Star Rating

Pratham Co-Founder and President Receives Teachers College Medal

​A Lifeline for Migrant Youth