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With Pratham’s first Balwadi in 1994, Maharashtra is the birthplace of Pratham, and has made great strides in a variety of areas, serving as a place of growth, as well as a testing ground for innovation and unique pilots that have grown throughout India.
In addition, Pratham is setting up PRATAP (Pratham Training, Assessment and Placement) Centers to begin its transition to a post-secondary institution for volunteers and other youth. Pratham is also working towards building stronger partnerships with local and government School Management Committees, an initiative set forth in the recent Right to Education Act.
Here is what the Aser report found in Andhra Maharashtra.
- 97.86% of children between 6 and 14 are in school.
- 53.42% of children in fifth grade can read a 2nd grade text.
- 41.4% of children in fifth grade can perform basic division.
Working with communities, we provide a robust Read India campaign and an assortment of other programs:
In over 7000 villages, Pratham has obtained formal written consent to work directly in Ratnagiri, Nashik, Latur and Satara, and in certain areas, such as Pune, Pratham is working directly with government teachers implementing the Pratham Read India program. Pratham is running classes within the majority of government schools in Maharashtra.
Urban Learning Centers
Within certain urban areas, Pratham identifies out-of-school children and seeks to enroll them both in the local municipal school and their neighborhood Pratham Urban Learning Center (ULC). This dual enrollment ensures that these out-of-school children recent the additional tutoring needed for them to follow the curriculum of their respective grades. In Maharashtra, there are currently 63 ULCs with 270 English classes and 439 libraries where children are taught to read.
Education for Education (EFE)
Currently, Pratham has the EFE program operating in 13 districts and has computer courses that reach 1405 volunteers. 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)
In order to train youth in marketable skills such as banking, entrepreneurship, agriculture, and hospitality, Pratham has set up training centers in Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Latur, Nandurbar, Nashik, Ralegaon, Sangli, Satara, and Solan.
Pratham’s efforts extend beyond the classroom, reaching parents and local officials through meetings and melas to encourage communities and Village Panchayats (local councils) to focus on learning outcomes. 632 villages have passed resolutions to work
towards improving the quality of education among primary school going children and to identify and support volunteers.