Washington, DC

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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DC Community Supports Pratham at Annual Gala

The Washington, DC chapter of Pratham hosted its annual gala on September 30 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA. The event, which was attended by more than 360 guests, raised $275,000 to support Pratham programs. The gala marks a successful year for the DC chapter, which has raised over $500,000 so far.

Actor, writer and filmmaker R. Madhavan made an impassioned plea with his keynote address. He underscored the importance of tangible results when giving back and...
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DC Chapter Showcases Pratham Science Program at STEM Symposium

DC President Chethan Rao and board member Amit Puri represented Pratham at WashingtonExec’s fourth annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) symposium on March 25. A record-setting 3,600 visitors attended the all-day event, at the Nysmith School in Herndon, VA, which provided local families an opportunity to engage with representatives from STEM-focused institutions.
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