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Currently, there is a partnership in the pipeline between Pratham and the state government where Pratham will work alongside the government to strengthen the School Management Committees (SMCs) across 12 districts. School management committees, formed under the Right to Education Act, are empowered with financial and administrative powers to check proper usage of facilities such as uniforms, school bags, stationery, shoes and other items and to monitor school activities.
In addition, Pratham is building a training and science center in Guntur district, to promote science and conduct trainings throughout the district.
Here is what the Aser report found in Andhra Pradesh.
- 96.5% of children between 6 and 14 are in school.
- 36% of children in the same age range are enrolled in fee based private schools.
- However, only 53.4% of children in fifth grade can read a 2nd grade text.
- And 34% of children in 1st grade cannot recognize numbers 1 to 9.
Working with communities, we provide a robust Read India campaign and an assortment of other programs:
In 12 districts, Pratham works directly on community based initiatives, implemented by village level volunteers. Pratham enjoys a strong relationship with village Panchayats (village heads), and in most areas teachers have been given permission to teach at school facilities before and after school. This drastically helps reduce our costs, and reach more children.
School Curriculum Development
In Medak district, Pratham has been able to forge a partnership with the district government to train teachers in Pratham’s CAMal methodology, which has been integrated into the school curriculum.
Early Childhood Education
Pratham also works on early childhood education in rural contexts. Pratham runs learning centers, emphasizing pre-school literacy but also providing learning support classes for primary school students in math, reading, and English.
Education for Education (EFE)
Currently, Pratham is rolling out the EFE program. EFE is a program designed to strengthen Read India by offering courses to volunteers in exchange for her contributions to the program. In the current phase of EFE, computer courses are available, while spoken English will be offered in the future.
Pratham is running urban programs in 2 cities; Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam. In Vishakhapatnam, Pratham is working through a ULC model where children are tutored and given help where required. These programs operate directly in the
Vishakhapatnam urban slums. The teachers are young women and men from the local communities.
Other Local Programs
Pratham also works with the government on special initiatives, such as the local initiatives in working with Madarsas and in teaching English.