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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

India accounts for 28% of the world's working age population. 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 75 million children in 25 years working in partnership with local communities and state governments.

Pratham USA

Pratham USA consistently earns a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. Over 88% 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 a quarter-century 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 75 million Indian children.

Our Work

Learning and Literacy

Girls' Education

Vocational Training

Research and Advocacy

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For Bhanupratap Pradhani, an electrical trainer at Pratham's vocational center in Kalimela, it has not been an easy year. 

When the COVID-19 pandemic sent India into lockdown last spring, the 27-year-old returned to his family home in Tonda, 125 miles away from Kalimela. As Pratham restructured its vocational training model, moving from in-person to online sessions, he and his students—many with little or no prior Internet exposure—suddenly found themselves immersed in the strange new world of e-learning. "It was challenging in the initial week,” Bhanupratap admits, “but slowly, both the students and I were eased into it."


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