Upcoming events

Austin Benefit 2021

Kalahari Resorts & Convention Center
3001 Kalahari Blvd,
Round Rock, TX 78665
Join us for the Pratham Austin 2021 Benefit.

Pratham selected to receive funding from Impact Challenge for Women & Girls

Pratham Education Foundation has been selected as one of the 34 initiatives worldwide to receive funding support from the Impact Challenge for Women and Girls.

The Impact Challenge for Women and Girls commits $25 million to fund organizations creating pathways to prosperity for women and girls. Over 7,800 applications were submitted by organizations from across the world and were reviewed by a panel of experts from several sectors, after which 34 initiatives were chosen.

Pratham will receive USD$1 million in...
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Pratham CEO Dr. Rukmini Banerji awarded the 2021 Yidan Prize for Education Development

Pratham CEO Dr. Rukmini Banerji has been awarded the 2021 Yidan Prize for Education Development – the world’s highest education accolade – for her work in improving learning outcomes.

The Yidan Prize is an inclusive education award that recognizes individuals or teams who have contributed significantly to the theory and practice of education. It consists of two prizes, working in harmony: the Yidan Prize for Education Research and the Yidan Prize for Education Development. Professor Eric A. Hanushek, Paul and Jean...
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The Economist on TaRL

An article that appeared in The Economist on April 10th offers a glimpse into how Pratham’s Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) methodology is being implemented in Africa to help students catch up in the wake of Covid-19.

The impact of school closures on learning has been devastating—disproportionately impacting underresourced communities, widening learning gaps and exacerbating inequality. According to the author, “Pupils in many poor countries have long been learning shockingly little. In Botswana only about half of ten-year olds can...
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Pratham Community gets into the Spirit of Giving

On Saturday, December 12, 2020, Pratham hosted its holiday event, ‘Spirit of Giving.’ It was an evening filled with music, merriment and more – all in support of Pratham’s Digital Learning Villages initiative. The event was watched by over 300 guests. The world’s first South Asian a cappella group, Penn Masala, kicked off the evening on a musical note with a lively performance, and the evening wrapped up with stand-up comedian, Amit Tandon’s, hilarious act. You can view the recording...
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2020 Pratham Readathon Keeps Kids Connected

On August 1, 2020, the Austin chapter concluded the 2020 Readathon with a virtual celebration to honor the participants, their families and donors. Now in its eight year, the Readathon encourages kids in the US to read books while raising awareness and funds for Pratham. This year’s group consisted of 23 readers, aged 4 to 12, supported by four adult mentors.

Inspired by Pratham’s Karona, Thodi Masti, Thodi Padhai campaign, designed to keep Indian children engaged in learning during the pandemic, mentors...
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Ashish Gupta

Vandana Kumar

Vice President
Dr. Seema Desai

Executive Board
  • Vandana Agarawal
  • Raj Asava
  • Anupam Bhandari
  • Bhavna Guglani and Girish Pashilkar
  • Dr. Anita Israni
  • Karan Kapadia
  • Dr. Shanti Khinduka
  • Dr. Sonia Krishna
  • Gita Lal
  • Lakshmi Mandyam
  • Mamata and Dr. Jayadev Misra
  • Sanjay Nasta
  • Sheetal Nasta
  • Nandan Nayampally
  • Shravan Parsi
  • Drs. Meena & Jayendra Patel
  • Prabha Ramakrishnan and Kanna Venkatasamy
  • Anuj Saigal
  • Dr. Monica Shah
  • Dr. Mukul Sharma
  • Madhav Srinivasan
  • Jaya and (late) Dr. Ishwar Thakkar
  • Chitra Thankaswamy and Ganesh Ramakrishnan
  • Poonam Tripathy


Remembering Austin board member, Dr. Ishwar Thakkar

Meena and Jayendra: Making A Difference for Children in Gujarat

Sailesh Sanghvi, Artist for a Cause

Sandeep’s Story: Racing to Give Children a Better Life