BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award
“Pratham has expanded the scope of education in resource constrained areas… It has done so through two significant innovations: the creation of simple, accurate and reliable tools for communities to assess learning; and a process that uses scientific evidence to develop new cost-effective programs that drastically improve learning levels.”
— Jury citation
Pratham received the 2014 Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Development Cooperation category for two decades of successfully catering to the learning needs of millions of disadvantaged children.
Spain’s BBVA Foundation promotes innovation, and their award recognises Pratham’s ability to make a broad impact by reaching five million children annually through our innovative learning strategies, which use a grassroots approach to accelerate reading skills.
According to UNESCO’s 2013-14 “Education for All” Global Monitoring Report, India is home to 37% of the world’s illiterate adults, with a total of 287 million unable to read or write. Pratham’s literacy programmes mobilise trained volunteers and make learning visible by engaging parents, teachers and community leaders in the education process.