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PRATHAM USA

Houston, TX   |  www.prathamusa.org

Mission

At Pratham we have a vision for India where every child can live a good life and earn a good livelihood wherever in the country they are born and raised. We believe that every child has the right to a quality education - one that prepares them for life and for work. While we have seen huge strides in the number of children across India who are attending - and staying in - school, we know that this is not enough. Since 1994, when we started our work in Mumbai, we have been trying to address that. Pratham USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a consistent four-star rating from Charity Navigator that seeks to raise awareness and mobilize financial resources for its work in India.

Notes from the nonprofit

Pratham USA raises funds for Pratham's programs in India focused on children's learning and vocational training for youth.

Ruling year info

2004

CEO & Global Executive

Manisha Bharti

Main address

9703 Richmond Avenue, Suite 102

Houston, TX 77042 USA

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EIN

76-0620808

NTEE code info

Public Foundations (T30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Pratham (which means first in Sanskrit) addresses the following problems related to education and vocational training in India: 1) Modern education in India is often criticized for encouraging rote learning, rather than comprehension, critical thinking, and problem solving. Despite having achieved 97% school enrollment, challenges remain on learning. It is estimated that a 100 million children in India lack foundational reading (second grade text) and arithmetic skills (a simple division problem). 2) Several million young men and women drop out of school for a variety of reasons and do not graduate. 3) India has one of the largest youth populations in the world and has the potential to realize a “demographic dividend.” Yet, studies show that only 2% of its current working age population has received any formal skills training. 4) During the pandemic, school closures have affected children in India who will face steep learning loss.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Literacy and Learning Programs

Our literacy and learning programs help children ages 6 - 14 build fundamental reading, writing and arithmetic skills.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Pratham provides industry-specific vocational skills and job placement to youth in the hospitality, construction, bedside assistance, beauty, tailoring and automotive trades. Pratham also provides support to entrepreneurs.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Pratham's Second Chance program provides educational support to those who have dropped out of school (primarily females) to help them graduate and earn their diplomas.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Conducted since 2005, Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) is an annual survey that aims to provide reliable estimates of children's enrollment and basic learning levels for every rural district in India.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Pratham believes that "Early Years" are the foundational period in a child's life in terms of laying the base for future growth and development. We work directly with children, villages and communities as well as in conjunction with the government to provide universal preschool access for toddlers.

Population(s) Served
Children

Pratham's edtech solutions empower students to use self-driven curricula to learn outside of the classroom.
In addition to providing tablets to rural communities, the digital initiative, PraDigi includes a learning app that offers children high-quality, interactive content to improve their basic literacy and numeracy skills, support their subject-specific competencies, and promote their ability to think critically and work collaboratively.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

4 Star Rating 2014

Charity Navigator

4 Star Rating 2015

Charity Navigator

4 Star Rating 2016

Charity Navigator

4 Star Rating 2017

Charity Navigator

4 Star Rating 2018

Charity Navigator

4 Star Rating 2019

Charity Navigator

4 Star Rating 2020

Charity Navigator

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students supported through literacy and learning programs through Government partnerships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metrics reflects the number of students each year that were reached to improve reading and arithmetic skills by Government schools and by their teachers using the Pratham methodologies.

Number of students directly supported through literacy and learning programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Learning Camps conducted over a 30 -50 day period and serve as the primary means for Pratham to evaluate innovation against target outcomes.

Number of youth trained through Vocational Training program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of youth equipped with skills via Vocational Training including electrical, hospitality, automotive, healthcare & beauty

Number of drop-outs re-enrolled through Second Chance Program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of youth (primarily girls and women) provided a chance to complete their secondary school education and earn their 10th grade diploma

Number of tablets distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Digital Learning Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Tablets distributed with preloaded Pratham content to children across India (from Jan 2018 - Jan 2019)

Number of communities reached

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Pratham's remote learning initiative helped ensure children continued learning during the pandemic

Reach of digital learning content online (subscribers)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

For 26 years, our goal has been to improve the quality of education for children in India to enable them with foundational reading and arithmetic skills using innovative learning techniques.

In recent years, we have expanded our scope beyond primary education to tackle 2 issues:
-We enable young women and men who drop out before completing secondary school to complete secondary school.
-We provide employment skills to disadvantaged youth.

We collaborate with governments to increase the reach of our educational programs, and with corporations on our vocational training programs.

Over the years, Pratham's advocacy in the education sector has become well recognized and regarded, with our Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) study an important input in the education policies of both the Central and State Governments. ASER has also been significant in defining a education agenda, and is widely acknowledged in government and policy circles inside and outside of India.

Due to the pandemic, children who already face barriers to education have been affected by learning loss because of school closures. Pratham is ensuring that children in India continue to learn. Through its investments in edtech, Pratham teams were able to pivot and adapt in 2020 and began sharing learning content via phone with children in communities across in India. As schools reopen, Pratham's work is more critical than ever this year to rekindle education and learning for children and get them ready for school.

Our guiding principles are:

INNOVATE: Create outcome driven low-cost and replicable solutions focused on results. e.g. We use Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) in our learning programs. We group students as per their learning level rather than age. Through focused attention and hands-on activities, we ensure that each child masters the fundamentals.

MEASURE RESULTS: We test and evaluate learning models rigorously so they can be easily replicated on a large scale. We also track gaps in children's learning nationwide through our Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), the largest citizen-led household survey. ASER findings also help advocate for quality education.

COLLABORATE & SCALE: We work in collaboration with India's governments to impact large populations of children. Additionally, for our vocational programs, we partner with industry for expertise on program design and job placement.

INNOVATION - We redefine learning by moving beyond traditional models of how, where & when learning occurs.
ACCOUNTABILITY - We deliver evidence-based programs that have been rigorously scrutinized by internal & external evaluators.
ADAPTABILITY - We offer versatile, easy-to-use solutions that educators can apply to their communities.
COLLABORATION & PARTNERSHIPS - We engage with community, government & industry to maximize impact.
RESOURCES - 6,000+ staff in India are trained to take any child 7 years+ & make sure they reading fluently & able to do basic arithmetic operations in 30-40 days.
GOVERNANCE/LEADERSHIP - Pratham has a strong governance structure with an active & engaged board & founders who are leaders in the field of education.

Our Impact:

75 million children have been given an opportunity to learn since 1995.

125,000 youth have been equipped with relevant job skills since 2005.
3,200 entrepreneurs have been provided with support for micro-enterprises.

36,000 girls have been given a second chance to earn their secondary school diploma since 2011.

14 countries have adopted Pratham assessment methods.

OUR IMPACT: 2020–2021
We reach millions of children and youth in India each year through operations in 23 cities, 21 states,
and two union territories. The past 12 months have been like no other. Facing up to the challenges of Covid-19 we have:
• reached 500,000+ children directly with
learning opportunities suited to their own level
• served 20,000 communities
• helped 200,000+ children catch up on lost
learning due to school closures
• given 4,000+ women a “second chance” to
earn their second school certificate
• trained over 50,000 youth and placed 27,000
graduates in jobs
• equipped more than 700 partners with digital
learning content through Pradigi Pratham
Open Schools.
Our ASER survey has continued to inspire a
network of citizen-led assessments of children’s
learning in 14 countries on three continents.

Financials

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Operations

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PRATHAM USA

Board of directors
as of 09/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Deepak Raj

Avinash Ahuja

Sudesh Arora

Jaideep Khanna

Marie Goradia

Swatantra Jain

Manoj Singh

Arvind Sanger

Paul Pandian

Dinyar (Dinny) Devitre

Suren Gupta

Deepak Raj

Adarsh Sarma

Rajesh (Raj) Shah

Fareed Zakaria

Victor Khosla

Pradeep Singh

Riaz Valani

Ila Paliwal

Jai Vardhan Saboo

Gagan Singh

Viral Acharya

Sheila Gulati

Sumeet Jaisinghani

Rattan L. Khosa

Neha Desai Shah

Dhiren Shethia

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/5/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data