What we do to help educate Indian children


100 million children in India cannot read or write at the age-appropriate level. You can help change this by getting involved. Read More


Almost 70% of India’s children drop out of school before year 10. Our Second Chance programme helps girls between the ages of 16-25 complete their education. Read More


Nearly 50 percent of India’s labour force does not have the skills required for non-farm jobs. The Pratham Institute helps provide practical skills. Read More


The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) is the largest non-governmental household survey undertaken in rural India and is facilitated by the Pratham Education Foundation. Read More

Pratham UK Raises £13,500 from British 10KM London Run to Bring Literacy to Children in India

75 energetic volunteers of Pratham UK participated in this year’s British 10km London Run, raising over £13,500 through sponsorship. Pratham UK helps to raise funds for Pratham, India’s largest NGO, that is dedicated to teaching underprivileged children in India essential reading and writing, as well as basic arithmetic.

The official British 10km London Run took place on Sunday 12th July. The event attracts runners from across the world, all walks of life and every level of running ability, including professional athletes. This year, a total of 27,000 runners took part in the national event to raise awareness and funds for their chosen charities. Mark Bell was the fastest runner among the Pratham UK team. He finished the run in an impressive 40:10 – just ten minutes behind the overall winning competitor who crossed the line in 30:20. Mark was followed by Aditya Misra-Godwin who came in second for Pratham UK with a time of 42:10 and Tom Roderick was not far behind, finishing the race within a respectable 46:10. Pratham UK’s youngest participant was 14-year-old ShivamTalukdar.

Since 1994 Pratham has dramatically improved literacy levels in India and galvanised essential change to the country’s education system. Pratham’s mission is to have “every child in India in school and learning well”. Having brought primary education to 33 million children through its flagship program, Read India, which has channelled the combined efforts of Pratham’s global subsidiaries and international governments, Pratham aims to reach its target of educating 100 million children in India by 2010.

In March 2003 Pratham UK was established by a group of volunteers who have been associated with the charity’s movement for several years. The aim of the UK incorporated charity is to raise awareness and funds for Pratham’s programs in India. Since its UK launch, the charity has raised significant sums of money through various sporting and social fundraising events. One of Pratham’s newest initiatives is the Pratham Young Professionals Network, a unique platform that encourages philanthropic endeavours amongst 3rd and 4th generations in the UK.
If you are interested in sponsoring the Pratham UK 10km runners, participating in next year’s British 10km London Run on behalf of Pratham UK, or for more information on Pratham, please email or log onto

Jacqueline Fernandez to support Pratham UK charity fundraiser

Jacqueline Fernandez will be among the stars supporting an exclusive charity fundraiser in aid of Pratham.
Pratham is India’s largest education NGO working to improve learning levels amongst underprivileged children. Leading Indian fashion designer Payal Jain will be making her UK collection debut at the event to raise funds for the charity. Jain explained why she decided to support the charity, saying: “Pratham does some outstanding work with children across the world.

“Pratham has reached almost 500,000 children in 43 cities and 33 million children in 305,000 villages through our wide range of programmes, from teaching children to read from nursery schools through primary and secondary education to vocational skilling.

“What better cause can bring smiles to so many innocent and beautiful faces? I am very proud to be associated with Pratham and hope to remain connected with the smiles.” The internationally-acclaimed designer boasts a client list that includes stars such as Priyanka Chopra, Deepti Naval, Esha Gupta and Victoria Beckham amongst others.

The event will be hosted by TV presenter Tasmin Lucia Khan. British comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar will support the event, while Race 2 star Jacqueline Fernandez will help raise funds through an exclusive auction alongside entertainment by TV stars The Pulse Collective from Sky 1’s Got to Dance.

Shalija Sharma, chair of Friends of Pratham, said of the event: “Pratham events have come to be firmly established as highlights of the Asian social calendar in London. We are delighted to host an afternoon to recognise and honour the work Pratham is doing in India.”

“We have been patrons of the charity for a very long time and relentlessly continue to support fundraising initiatives in order to enable Pratham’s outstanding work to continue.” The Pratham UK charity fundraiser takes place at Le Meridien on Wednesday, April 24.

£2.1 million raised for Pratham on spectacular night in London

ARTiculate Fundraising Gala 2010
PRATHAM UK is proud to announce it has raised in excess of £2 million at its first art and design focused fundraising event, ARTiculate, held at the Old Billingsgate Market on Saturday 11 September.

The world’s largest hand-cut paper chandelier “The Light” was unveiled in front of 600 guests from various parts of the world in a spectacular setting executed by events company Urban Caprice. Prestigious guests included Julia Peyton-Jones, Princess Asha Raje of Gaekewad, Lakshmi and Usha Mittal, MF Husain, Lord Karan Bilimoria, Lord and Lady Mitchell, Nancy Del’Olio, Vikrant and Surbhi Bhargava, Ajay and Swati Piramal, the Hindujas, Namita Panjabi and RanjitMathrani, Count Lorenzo Fasola Bologna and wife Maryam Shams-Bologna, Reita and Vilas Gadkari, Hari and KavitaBhartia, celebrity hairdresser Michael Van Clarke, Priyanka and Raj Gill, Sonal and Nitin Kalsiwal and many others.

Several impressive lots were auctioned by Charlie Ross to benefit the charity. They included a 27-litre bottle of one of Italy’s finest wines, L’Andrea of Monte Vibiano, in a unique handmade bottle crafted by celebrated Venetian glassmaker PinoSignoretto (making it the most expensive Italian bottle of wine ever sold), a cameo appearance in director Gurinder Chadha’s next film and a weeklong trip to Barbados. ManavGangwani, one of India’s leading couturiers presented an exquisite fashion show. A sari designed by him, along with a Boucheron watch from the Carree collection was auctioned for GBP 36,000.

A pop-up art gallery displayed and sold 20 artworks from some of India’s top artists, proceeds of which went to PRATHAM UK. Timbaland protégé Amar performed at the after-party and model/DJ Megha provided house and retro music to the revellers. Corporate sponsors – Kingfisher airlines, India’s only five-star airline and Taj Hotels and Palaces provided flights and hospitality. ARTiculate is Pratham UK’s new fundraising platform to support the charity’s mission and to celebrate Indian art.

To view photos of the evening please go to our Facebook page here.

Illiteracy’s effects are lasting. It causes kids to trade their dreams for hopelessness and perpetuates generations of poverty. It’s simply inhumane. And in economic terms, it undermines India’s growth and potential.
Pratham is uniquely suited to address the challenge.

Pratham understands how to address this crisis. Our innovative programs are creating systematic change benefiting kids across 20 of India’s 28 states. Since 2007, Pratham’s Read India campaign to teach underprivileged children across the country to read, write and do basic arithmetic has impacted an estimated 34 million children across India. In addition, the success of Read India has transformed Pratham from a service delivery organization into one that also positively impacts official policy and the practice of education. By supporting Pratham you can help change the system for good.

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