Bihar

Pratham began working in the state of Bihar in 1999 and today covers programmes from pre-school education to vocational training for youth. Some key programmes are:
 
The Urban Programme is active in Patna.
   
Pratham's Early Childhood Care and Education initiative runs in collaboration with the Integrated Child Development Scheme Directorate. It aims at strengthening pre-school education component at the government-run Anganwadi centres.
   
A 'PACE Hospitality Training Centre' for Vocational Training is operational in Siwan with another coming up in Patna.
   
Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children started work in Bihar in 2007. Today the work has spread over Patna and East Champaran. Pratham was also involved in the Dhawa Dal formed by the Department of Labour.
   
Digital Classrooms are currently active in 119 schools in Bihar.
   
   
Special Programmes

ITC funds a primary school's programme in Munger.
   
'Cluster Learning Centres' (CLC) have been set up in 3 blocks with the help of SDTT. Interventions range from pre-school education to upper primary grades. Each CLC caters up to 20 villages.
   
The 'Gyanshala Programme' supported by SDTT aims to provide education and livelihood support to children rescued from child labour.
   
Local volunteers are trained by Pratham staff to help children of local Self Help Group (SHG) members in 2 blocks in the Purnea district. Each SHG member contributes a small amount, depending on their financial capacity, for this initiative and mointors the programme. 
 
 
Government Tie Ups

Pratham has a long history of collaboration with the Bihar government – particularly in bringing children back to school. The recent partnership was established to enhance learning levels of children across the state. This began with two successful pilots in Jehanabad and East Champaran in 2012-13. In 2013, the Bihar government launched 'Mission Gunwatta' which translates to Mission Quality. 

Pratham's role will initially include working closely with the district education department across the 38 districts of Bihar. Pratham will assist in training Cluster Coordinators, provide monitoring support, and conduct regular reviews to strengthen the programme.

In addition to the above, there have been smaller collaborations at the block and district levels.