Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship
“Madhav Chavan is transforming India’s approach to children’s literacy and education. His unwavering insistence on universal education and his work to engage community volunteers in the quest for literacy has already reached more than 34 million children, offering a proven model for the entire world.”
— Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation
In 2011, Pratham and co-founder Dr. Madhav Chavan received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in recognition of our low-cost education programmes.
Each year the Skoll Foundation presents these awards to a select group whose innovations have had significant, proven impact on some of the world’s most pressing problems in the areas of environmental sustainability, health and education, and invests directly in the promise of even greater impact at scale.
In conjunction with this award, Pratham received a three-year grant from the Skoll Foundation to create an institution dedicated to identification, training and nurturing of leaders, managers and entrepreneurs who will not only continue to run Pratham programs around the country, but who will also independently build new ideas and strengthen efforts in the area of education.
Watch Dr. Chavan’s acceptance speech below.