For the past 20 years, Pratham has innovated low-cost solutions to deal with India’s education crisis. When our programmes are proven successful, we partner with governments to scale them up. Along the way, Pratham has also been an incubator for ideas, catalysing individuals in its network to effect social change. Below is a selected list of affiliate entities driven by Pratham’s mission of “every child in school and learning well.”
The ASER Centre
Established in 2008 as an autonomous unit of Pratham, the ASER Centre aims to evaluate the impact of social programmes and to strengthen the link between evidence and action. Apart from the annual education survey, the Centre carries out independent research studies in the areas of early childhood, primary and post-primary education; disseminates data to build awareness and inspire action; and builds the capacity of individual citizens, communities and other institutions to improve student achievement.
Major supporters of the Centre include: Hewlett Foundation, Douglas B. Marshall, Jr. Family Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, The World Bank, UNICEF, Central Square Foundation and Kusuma Trust. Learn more at asercentre.org.
In India, there is a lack of affordable children’s books in the country's native languages. To remedy this, Pratham Books was launched as a nonprofit publisher to promote learning and spread the joy of reading. They publish quality books at low price points in multiple Indian languages.
Since 2004, Pratham Books has published over 300 original titles in 18 Indian languages, from early readers and fiction stories to non-fiction books on science, history, mathematics and nature. They have worked with many of India’s most renowned authors and illustrators, and their books have won several awards.
In 2015, Pratham Books launched StoryWeaver, an open source platform where anyone can access hundreds of books in 37 languages, create and illustrate their own stories, and print copies to keep. Learn more at prathambooks.org and storyweaver.org.in.
Pratham Books' StoryWeaver is free to use, and the content can be translated by users into any language for sharing with children around the world.
Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children
Child labor and other forms of abuse are a major cause of illiteracy. The Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children (PCVC) aims to raise awareness of such issues, rescue children from exploitative conditions, and give them back their childhood. Since 2001, PCVC has rescued and rehabilitated almost 25,000 children in partnership with eight states throughout India.
PCVC collaborates with government and advocacy groups in drafting child labor legislation, creating task force models, and providing education and residential care for rescued children. Learn more at pcvc.org.
Pratham InfoTech Foundation
Established in 2000, Pratham InfoTech Foundation (PIF) works to bring digital education to the underserved communities of India. It offers computer learning programmes for K-12, provides IT training for young adults entering the workplace, and assists in equipping schools with digital technology. In its efforts to ensure “e-education for all,” PIF has reached 500,000 school children in 750 schools across 13 states. Learn more at pif.org.in.
Pratham InfoTech Foundation works to bridge the digital divide, facilitate the adoption of IT in education, and equip disadvantaged youth with skills and tools to meet the demands of the global economy.
TaRL - Teaching at the Right Level
Pratham have partnered with J-PAL to form TaRL, a joint venture to support partners working to address the learning crisis in primary schools in Africa through the evidence-based TaRL, or Teaching at the Right Level, approach which has been developed in India.
The TaRL Africa team directly supports governments and their partners to develop TaRL approaches adapted to local contexts and embed these within existing education systems. They also support several non-governmental organisations that are designing, implementing, or supporting TaRL approaches in Africa. The TaRL Africa team works with many of these organisations to disseminate evidence, provide technical assistance, and share their lessons back to a broader TaRL community.
By demonstrating effective TaRL approaches, and building a movement across Africa we can help children solidify foundational reading and mathematics skills.