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Fareed Zakaria and Anil Kapoor Headline Pratham National Gala

On Saturday, July 18, 2020, Pratham hosted its first-ever national gala. More than 1100 supporters from across the US attended the virtual fundraiser, which featured CNN Host and Washington Post columnist Fareed Zakaria, Actor and Producer Anil Kapoor and Singer, Lyricist and Composer Shaan. Dubbed “Pratham Beyond: Make Learning Limitless,” the event raised $2 million, which will provide remote learning to 600,000 children in some of India’s most vulnerable communities across the country.

After welcoming attendees, Pratham USA Chairman Deepak Raj...
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DC Chapter Pays It Forward at Annual Gala

On Saturday, September 21, 2019, Pratham DC hosted its annual gala at the Ritz-Carlton in McLean, VA. The event, which was attended by more than 400 guests, set a record for the burgeoning chapter by raising $450,000 for our programs in India.

Chapter President Chethan Rao welcomed guests to the evening’s program, which featured a keynote speech by Pratham CEO Dr. Rukmini Banerji, a live auction as well as a comedy performance by Hari Kondabolu.

“This year’s gala was record-setting for our...
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DC Area College Students Show Moves for Pratham

Local university students have found a way to combine their enthusiasm for dance while supporting child literacy in India.

Organizers of Maryland Masti, an annual intercollegiate garba/raas competition hosted by students at the University of Maryland, College Park, have selected Pratham as their charity of choice for a second year in a row. Proceeds from the 2019 competition, to be held on February 19, will again be donated to Pratham. Eight teams competed in this year’s Masti, which aims to spread awareness...
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Pratham Graduate Inspires at DC Event

At the age of 23, Ganput Luche earned 1,300 rupees (approximately $20) a month performing odd jobs. After completing a three-month course in hospitality with Pratham, Ganpat, now 29, takes home more than 50,000 rupees (approximately $800) a month as a waiter in Dubai and is saving to buy land in his hometown, where he plans to start his own restaurant.

On May 15, Ganput recounted his uplifting story for the attendees of a Pratham DC salon event held at the...
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Pratham Releases ASER 2017: Beyond Basics

On January 18, 2018, Pratham released the 12th Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). The comprehensive report examines the status of learning in rural communities, where most of the nation’s poor reside. In contrast to previous years, which have focused on children aged 3 to 16, this year’s report, called “Beyond Basics,” surveyed youth between the ages of 14 and 18. This age group is the first generation to have finished eight years of school since India’s Right to Education...
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