Readathon 2021

Read for fun with a purpose!


What’s it all about? Pratham USA’s annual Readathon encourages kids in the US to read books while raising awareness and funds for Pratham. Since its inception in 2012, hundreds of children have participated in the Readathon each year, and their families and friends have supported them by donating.

What’s special about this year? Schools in India have been closed for a long stretch of time since March 2020 and millions of children are at home. Pratham is providing an avenue to continue their learning and stay connected remotely. The funds raised through this year’s Readathon campaign will reach kids who need our support now more than ever.

Who can participate? Anyone and everyone. Kids of any age can sign up to become a reader and children too young to read can have a sibling, parent or grandparent read to them. High school students are encouraged to become Readathon coordinators and lead a team of younger readers. Adults can get involved as mentors, donors and sponsors. Sponsorship is also open to businesses and institutions.

How does it all work? By getting pledges for every book they read, kids can help underprivileged children in India learn to read write and do basic arithmetic for themselves. Given the current circumstances, this year’s Readathon will occur virtually through the end of the year. It’s easy to get started. Join a team or create your own, click here.

Why Readathon? Watch this video made by past participants to find out what the Readathon means to them and why they participated.

Ready to get started? If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.