- Get Involved
Pratham’s efforts in Jharkand, a politically complex state, extend beyond the classroom, reaching parents and local officials through meetings and fairs to encourage communities and village Panchayats (committees) to focus on learning outcomes. This approach has resulted in villages working towards improving the quality of education among primary school going children, and also towards identifying and supporting volunteers.
Here is what the Aser report found in Jharkand.
- 34.3% of children in grade 1 can recognize letters after attending 6 months of school.
- 37.8% of children in grade 1 can recognize numbers after attending 6 months of school.
- Only 40.9% of children in fifth grade cannot do basic division.
Working with parents, officials, village leaders, children and teachers, we provide a robust Read India program in partnership with local communities:
In Jharkand, Pratham has informal agreements in over 500 villages, using government schools to support the Read India initiative and keep costs low. In combination with corporate partners, such as Tata Power Ltd, Pratham expands into another 300 villages this year, and has introduced the Education for Education program this year.
Education for Education (EFE)
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 Arora Centers for Excellence (PACE Programs)
The Hospitality Training Program is a three month residential vocational training program, offered at the PACE center in Aurangabad, which prepares youth for the Housekeeping and Food & Beverage sectors of the hospitality industry. Seven volunteers from Jharkhand are currently enrolled in this program. At the conclusion of this program, volunteers are placed in three or more star hotels. This program is running in partnership with Taj Hotels, with Taj providing support in the form of curriculum, training, assessment, placement, internships, and joint certification. This is a fee-based program; volunteers without financial means are enrolled under the “Learn Now, Pay Later” Pratham scheme.