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Pratham's flagship program, Read India, aims to improve the reading, writing and basic arithmetic skills of children between 6-14 years. Even though India has taken significant strides to improve enrolment levels in schools, a large percentage of children still lack these essential skills.

Read India is executed with the help of Pratham staff members on the ground and is aided by volunteers from the local community. The volunteers are mobilized and trained by the Pratham team. Over the years, state governments have partnered with Pratham to implement the Read India programme.
The first phase of Read India was launched on a national scale in 2007 with a few broad objectives:
All grade I children should know alphabets and numbers.
All grade II children should be able to read simple words and calculate simple sums
All grades III to V children should be able to fluently read simple texts and solve arithmetic problems.

In 2008-09, the campaign reached 33 million children across 19 states. It covered more than half of the 6,00,000 villages in the country and mobilized over 4,50,000 volunteers.

Phase II of Read India was launched in 2009-10 to address higher grade-specific learning competencies. The focus was shifted from short-term, large-scale campaigns to a longer, more sustained presence in villages.

Read India II was implemented through the Block Excellence Program (BEP). A block consists of 100 villages where a variety of activities are conducted by local Pratham staff. These activities work to improve learning levels and community engagement and to influence teaching practices in government schools.

Currently Read India is in Phase III, which was implemented in 2013. This phase is characterized by demonstration of impact, model building and, working on a large scale in states where there are government partnerships. In this phase, the Learning Camp model was adopted. A learning camp is a short-duration, high-intensity intervention in which children are divided into groups based on their learning levels and are taught by Pratham's local team members and volunteers.

Teaching Methodology
Combined Activities for Maximized Learning (CAMaL), is a pedagogy innovated by Pratham that evolved as a result of hands-on experience in different locations and at various stages of work. It begins with identifying the learning levels of children instead of assuming their levels based on their age or grades. The techniques are geared to help learners achieve all 5 competencies – Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Doing.

Read India is making history, but the program needs your contribution to continue to grow.

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