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USHA RANE

Usha Rane is the Director of Content & Training at Pratham. She has been with Pratham since 1996 and is one of the leaders of the teaching-learning innovations at the organisation. Prior to joining Pratham, Usha worked for many years with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL). Until recently, as Regional Head, Usha was responsible for Pratham’s work across six states (Andhra…

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2000- 2003

Pratham develops the innovative Learning-to-Read method for improving children’s ability to read and to do basic arithmetic. This is a breakthrough for Pratham. For the first time, Pratham is able to demonstrate that learning outcomes can improve rapidly in a short period of time and at low cost. The model is ready to be replicated…

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1998- 2001

Pratham’s work spreads to other locations across India, including Bangalore, Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Pune, Ahmedabad and Patna. The organization tackles the issue of child labor through an outreach program, venturing into the sphere of child rights for the first time. This eventually gives birth to the Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children (PCVC) in 2001.

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1998

“Bridge” classes are launched for mainstreaming out of school children into the education system. The “Balsakhi” program is initiated in the municipal schools in Mumbai to provide remedial help to children who are lagging behind academically. At the same time, a computer-assisted learning program is also started in partnership with municipal schools in Mumbai.

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1995

Pratham Mumbai Education Initiative is founded by Madhav Chavan and Farida Lambay. As its first initiative, Pratham starts preschool education centres (balwadis) for children in the slums of Mumbai.

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2005

The first Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) survey is conducted across rural India. ASER results show that although enrollment levels are very high, learning levels are worryingly low. The massive nationwide study continues to be the largest household survey undertaken in rural India, covering more than 600,000 children each year. Vocational training classes are…

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2007- 2009

Based on the findings of ASER 2005 and 2006—that a significant percentage of children could not read, write or do basic arithmetic—Pratham launches its flagship Read India program. Read India aims to improve foundational literacy and numeracy skills of children between the ages of 6 and 14. Partnerships develop between Pratham and the state governments…

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2008

In the summer of 2008, massive volunteer mobilization across the country is done to have summer camps for improving children’s reading and math abilities in nearly half of all rural districts in India. The ASER Centre is established as an autonomous entity to institutionalize the work undertaken in the ASER survey as well as to…

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2008- 2010

The Pratham Arora Centre for Education (PACE) is created to provide industry-specific training to Indian youth. PACE offers courses in hospitality, construction, automotive and bedside assistance, and additional courses are developed in subsequent years. In 2010, this program is made into a separate legal entity – Pratham Institute.

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2009

Pratham goes global with adoption of the ASER-type approach in Pakistan and Kenya. Other countries, including Uganda, Tanzania, Mali, Senegal and Mexico, follow suit in subsequent years.

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