Annu Naik appointed as president of Pratham Houston

Pratham USA is pleased to announce the appointment of Annu Rao Naik as president of the Houston chapter.

Annu will be taking the reins from Dhiren Shethia who has led the chapter to great success despite the pandemic. Under Dhiren’s leadership, the Houston Chapter exceeded its fundraising goals and planned successful events that raised funds for programs in India.  In the process of doing so, he engaged a whole new professional team for the Houston chapter. The foundations for corporate giving...
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Christine Ha, MasterChef Season 3 Winner, inspires Houston audiences at Pratham Luncheon

An afternoon of storytelling by a blind chef and restaurateur brought smiles and inspiration to a Houston crowd at the end of a difficult year around the world. The Indian-American community came together on December 9, 2021, at the Pratham Houston luncheon to celebrate resilience and learning for children in India. The highlight of the afternoon was a conversation with Christine Ha, the blind cook who won season 3 of ‘MasterChef.’ 

In a conversation with Pratham Houston board member, Ananya Sarkar,...
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Pratham selected to receive funding from Google.org Impact Challenge for Women & Girls

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

The Google.org 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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Annu Rao Naik

Advisory Board
Avinash Ahuja
Kumar Bashyam
Amit Bhandari
Vikram Gopal
Sapphira Goradia
Swatantra Jain
Shawn Karande
Dr. Sippi Khurana
Mai Melligeri
Poonam Mittal
Shital Patel
Scott Pharr
Rasool Shaik
Dhiren Shethia
Smita Singh

Executive Board
Ashima Chock ne'e Arora
Shivaji Dasgupta
Meena Datt
Dhamo Dhamotharan
Asha Dhume
Sonali Gandhi
Dr. Marie Goradia
Manish Jain
Himadri Katharani
Brij Kathuria
Sri Lakshmanan
Sameera Kapasi Mahendru
Raj Mehta
Shampa Mukerji
Kunal Nadkarni
Beejal Patel
Purav Patel
Dr. Veena Raj
Rita and Sunil Saraf
Ananya Sarkar
Pradip Seernani
Anil Shah
Ash Shah
Mahesh Shah
Mili Shah
Namrata Sharma Goel
Jyothi Singh
Dominic Sreshta
Asheet Yagnik

Young Professionals Leads
Darel D’Souza


Remembering our friend, Gauri Varadhachary

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Sachin's Story: A Learning Experience

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

Yogi Patel: Crusader for India's Children