Pratham Education Foundation

Supports vulnerable children and youth from marginalized sections of society to gain education and improve their skills by direct intervention in schools or by participating in Government initiatives

  • Started: 1995
  • Delhi, Delhi


Pratham Education Foundation works with the aim of eliminating illiteracy and alleviating poverty by improving learning outcomes in education, ensurin Read moreg retention of children in schools, teacher training, developing innovative educational methodologies, and training & mobilization of volunteers. To achieve its objectives, it operates multiple programmes in the field of education, advocacy, research, skill training, vocational education and rehabilitation divided into urban programs and rural programs. Urban programs focus on reducing the rate of school dropouts and increasing learning levels in individuals from urban slums. Rural programs focus on the development of reading, writing and arithmetic skills in children aged 6 to 14 years in rural areas. In the education sector, it operates Early Years and Elementary Years learning programs through direct implementation schemes and Government partnerships. Its Second Chance Program works with a special focus on women and aims to provide opportunities for learning and completing secondary education to individuals who have not been able to complete their education. Its Read India initiative aims to improve reading, writing and basic arithmetic skills in children between the age of 6 and 14 through intensive learning camps which use combined activities for maximised learning (CAMaL) technique for ensuring optimum learning outputs. Pratham Books is its sister organization which works for developing reading habits in children by creating, illustrating and publishing low-cost books which cater to different likes and interests of children with stories covering multiple genres. Pratham Infotech is another venture by Pratham which works with the aim of delivering technology-assisted education to children as well as adults, providing digital literacy training to disadvantaged youth, integrating information technology in education and providing job-oriented skill training to unemployed youth. To expand the outreach of its tablet-based learning initiative, it has also received funding of USD 6.7 million, (including 3.1 million for its education initiative and 3.6 million for its Storyweaver project) from as part of its funding project for promoting content creation and teacher training. For its impact in the field of education, it has received the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in 2013, AIMA Public Service Excellence Award in 2013, the Qimpro Award for Excellence in 2012, the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2011, the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership in 2010 and the EMPI-Indian Express Indian Innovation Award for Read India in 2009.


Addresses gaps in the education system by focusing on high-quality, low-cost, and replicable interventions in the education system, working directly with children and youth or with government initiatives.


Operates multiple programmes in the field of education, advocacy, research, skill training, vocational education and rehabilitation divided into urban programmes and rural programs. Its urban programs focus on reducing the rate of school dropouts and increasing learning levels in individuals from urban slums while its rural programmes focus on the development of reading, writing and arithmetic skills in children aged 6 to 14 years in rural areas.


  • Education
  • Child & Youth Development

Sub Sectors

  • Vocational Training
  • Women Empowerment
  • Self-run Learning Centre
  • Informal Education
  • Child Rights
  • Waste to Value
  • featured

Demographies Served

  • Youth
  • Children


It has reached out to more than 86,000 children, provided vocational education and training to more than 25,000 children, rehabilitated more than 3,00,000 children per year through its child protection wing Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children (PCVC), and reached 30 million children through Read India initiative and covered 15,000 households through its autonomous research and assessment unit (ASER).


  • Vocational Training Programme

    Pune, Mumbai
    Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh

    Trains youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in the age group of 18‐25 years in employability skills in 10 major vocations such as short-term residential programs in different areas including construction, hospitality, automotive, healthcare, beauty, wellness, English, computer literacy, and life skills.

  • Research and Advocacy Programme

    Autonomous Research and Awareness Unit (ASER) is the research & assessment branch of Pratham generating evidence on the impact of socially-focused programmes to promote evidence-based decision making and capacity building.

  • Vulnerable Children Programme

    Maharashtra, Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana

    Works for the rights and protection of children by providing equal opportunities for education to children engaged in child labour, children with special needs, children in institutions, children suffering from substance abuse, children in conflict with the law, children who are victims of sexual abuse and children from the most marginalised communities.

  • Education Programme

    Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai
    Odisha, Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Haryana, Punjab

    Works directly and through Government systems to reach children and school dropouts. Pratham's instructor works directly with children either in the school or in the community. While working in the “partnership” model, it works with Government teams at all levels to implement programmes such as early childhood, elementary, beyond elementary and digital initiatives. It operates in direct collaboration with the community through learning centres called Balwadis managed by local women in a community-owned space and assists Government-run Anganwadi centres in the training of Anganwadi instructors, mentoring, monitoring, and providing on-site support.

Impact Metrics

  • Children reached through educational programs

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2015 7700000
    • 2016 1200000
    • 2017 1100000
    • 2018 800000
    • 2019 900000
    • 2020 4500000
    • 2021 1186142
  • Youth trained in vocational and non-vocational skills

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2015 15000
    • 2016 22000
    • 2017 24000
    • 2018 24000
    • 2019 26000
    • 2020 25000
    • 2021 50345
  • learners enrolled for a second chance to complete their education

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2015 4600
    • 2016 4500
    • 2017 4300
    • 2018 3558
    • 2019 3700
    • 2020 3500
    • 2021 4815

Leadership Team

  • Dr. Madhav Chavan


  • Dr. Wilima Wadhwa

    Director - ACER Centre

  • Farida Lambay


  • Usha Rane

    Director - Content & Training

  • Dr. Rukmini Banerji

    Chief Executive Officer


Registration Details

  • PAN Card


  • Registration ID
  • VO ID / Darpan ID
  • 12A


  • 80G


  • FCRA

    83781058 (validity 30-09-2022)

  • CSR Registration Number



Project Location


B- 4/58, Safdarjung Enclave, 2nd Floor

Offices in Cities

Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal, Ludhiana, Mysore, Patna, Lucknow, Jaipur, Agartala, Nagpur, Ranchi, Hyderabad, Raipur, Cuttack, Dehradun, Kolkata, Ahemdabad, Srinagar, Chennai, Guwahati, Panchkula, Shimla

Projects in States

West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi

Other Details

  • Sister Organisation

    Pratham Books

  • Type & Sub Type


  • Employees



Financial Details

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