Pratham is an innovative learning organization created to improve the quality of education in India. Established in 1995 to provide education to children in Mumbai, Pratham has grown in both scope and scale, with programs today reaching children and youth across the country. Pratham is currently present in 22 states and union territories across India reaching approximately 16.7 million children and youth every year.
As one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the country, Pratham focuses on high-quality, low-cost and replicable interventions to address gaps in the education system. Working directly with children and youth as well as through large-scale collaborations with government systems, Pratham programs reach millions of lives every year. Pratham's Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) approach has demonstrated proven impact on children's learning outcomes and is now being adapted to contexts outside India. ASER Centre is Pratham’s autonomous research and assessment unit. ASER Centre’s flagship activity is the Annual Status of Education Report (commonly known as the ASER report), is the largest household-based survey in India that collects information on children’s schooling status and basic learning outcomes in almost every rural district of the country.
Pratham is a widely recognized organization, having received notable awards such as the WISE Prize for Innovation, Lui Chee Woo Prize, Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the Henry R Kravis Prize in Leadership, and the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year for Public Service.