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Pratham began working in the state of Bihar in 1999 and today covers programmes from pre-school education to vocational training for youth. Some key programmes are:
The Urban Programme is active in Patna.



Read India plus model is being piloted in 50 clusters across 13 districts in Bihar and will be scaled up to 115 clusters spread across 15 districts.
Pratham's Early Childhood Care and Education runs in collaboration with the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) Directorate. It aims at strengthening pre-school education component at the government-run 1000 Anganwadi centres across five districts (Patna, Munger, Sitamarhi, West Champaran and Kishanganj).
A 'PACE Hospitality Training Centre' for Vocational Training is operational in Siwan and Gaya with another coming up in Patna.
Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children started work in Bihar in 2007. Today the work has spread over Patna and East Champaran. Pratham was also involved in the Dhawa Dal formed by Department of Labour.
Digital Classrooms are currently active in 119 schools across 5 districts in Bihar.
Special Programmes

ITC funds early childhood education and primary school's programme in Munger.
The 'Gyanshala Programme' aims to provide education and livelihood support to children rescued from child labour.
UNICEF supported early childhood care and education program for new born infants to children aged 6 is being piloted in Sherghati block of Gaya district.
Local volunteers are trained by Pratham staff to help children of local Self Help Group (SHG) members in 2 blocks in the Purnea district. Each SHG member contributes a small amount, depending on their financial capacity, for this initiative and monitors the programme.

Government Tie Ups

Pratham has a long history of collaboration with Bihar government – particularly in bring children back to school. The recent partnership was established to enhance learning levels of children across the state. This began with two successful pilots in Jehanabad and East Champaran in 2012-13. In 2013, the Bihar government launched 'Mission Gunwatta' which translates to Mission Quality.

Pratham's role includes working closely with the district education department across 15 districts in Bihar. Pratham will assist in training Cluster Coordinators, teachers, Talimi Markaaz and Tola Sevaks, provide monitoring and content support, and conduct regular reviews to strengthen the programme.


In addition to the above, there have been smaller collaborations at the district levels with DIETs.

PadhoPurbiChamparan is a special teaching-learning program facilitated by Pratham Education Foundation in Bihar.