We are delighted to launch our Vision India donors club!
Are you a busy professional? Do you share Pratham’s vision for young people in India? Do you want to contribute but are not sure how?
Become a Vision India donor today. For just £200 as a one-time annual donation you can join this exclusive club of Pratham donors and contribute to the welfare and education of underprivileged children in India.This is your chance to make a difference!
As a Vision India Donor you will get priority invitations to a rich mix of events which include:
- Talks & Debates by Key Note Speakers on a broad spectrum of topics from a diverse range of industries including financial services, energy, international development, the environment, fashion and the arts.
- Art and Culture: auctions, concerts,book launches.
- Entertainment and networking: celebrity shows, wine-tasting evenings.
There will be 4-6 such events organised by Pratham every year. Our first session is on the 14th February with Anshu Jain, Co-CEO of Deutsche Bank who will be speaking to the best and brightest on financial markets, followed by Q & A, drinks and networking.
- Opportunity to network at close quarters with some of the most prominent figures from India Inc & engage with like minded professionals.
- Receive an exclusive quarterly progress report on Pratham’s work on the ground. This is accompanied by an account of how donor contributions are being deployed to improve state education in India and ensuring that every child is in school and learning well.
- Tax relief on your charitable contribution
- Personalized walking tours of Pratham schools on your next trip to India. A great opportunity to see the difference your contribution is making.
The Annual Status of Education Report, ASER 2012 was released in New Delhi yesterday by the Honourable Minister of Human Resource Development, Dr. M. M. Pallam Raju. This is the eighth annual report.
ASER is the largest annual household survey of children in rural India that focuses on the status of schooling and basic learning. Facilitated by Pratham, in each rural district ASER is conducted by local organizations, institutions and concerned citizens. ASER 2012 reached 567 districts, more than 16,000 villages, nearly 3.3 lac households and about 6 lac children in the age 3-16.
Every year, ASER finds out whether children in rural India go to school, whether they can read simple text and whether they can do basic arithmetic. Since 2009, ASER has also included a visit to one government school in each sampled village. Since the implementation of the RTE Act in 2010, school visits in ASER have included indicators of compliance with those norms and standards specified in the Right to Education Act that are easy to measure. In 2012, ASER visited almost 14,600 government schools.
We would like to thank the fantastic 46 donors who contributed to our From Street to School programme. This was our Gateway Challenge to get a permanent feature on the Global Giving site, which thanks to you we achieved by exceeding the 5k target.http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/from-street-to-school/
We are delighted to announce that Dr Madhav Chavan has been awarded the education 'Nobel Prize' for Pratham's work in reaching millions of children in India.
Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani said the award winner had "brought light into the lives of many millions of people".
"His story combines the passion of a social entrepreneur with the patience and method of a scientist. His approach shows that the most important resources for successful innovation are a clear vision, determination and the ability to apply unrecognised capacities to a shared cause."
Read more on the BBC news website
FIRST LOVE at Pratham UK
For International Literacy Day we are celebrating the joy that reading can inspire in all of us and the impact the book we first fall in love with can have on the rest of our lives.
What was your first literary love? The first book that enchanted you, took over your senses and led you in to new realms and the depths of your imagination? We'd love to hear your stories!
On September 7th, the eve of International Literacy Day, we will be posting our top five findings and also we'll also feature your stories on the Pratham Aces blog.
So, all we ask is for you to send us 50 to 100 words on the book that you first fell in love with and why.
Please send your entry with the subject header First Love to firstname.lastname@example.org
For Twitter tell your friends by using the hashtag #firstlove.
We're delighted to announce Pratham Aces, our new scheme for volunteers. Pratham Aces are our UK volunteers that are willing to donate their time or skills to further the charitable work of Pratham UK.
Roy Martins, who earlier this month was named in the FN100 ranking of the most influential people in European finance, was nominated to carry the torch because of his work with Pratham UK, where he is chairman.
Pratham was started in Mumbai by UNICEF and Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai in 1994 with the maxim "every child in school and learning well". Since then, it has helped educate 34 million children in India.
Martins, who is also a member of the European equities management committee at Credit Suisse, joined the bank in May 2007 after 12 years at Morgan Stanley. Since he has been at Credit Suisse the Swiss bank has continued to increase its market share in European prime brokerage and has been the top European prime broker by assets since the end of 2009.
Source: Financial news
Bollywood Superstar Kajol met with children at a Pratham primary school last week in Hanuman Basti, India to make a short film about education and literacy in India. The exclusive film is to be shown at the Pratham UK gala in the autumn where the star will be the guest of honour.
“I believe that literacy is the way forward for India and children are our future.’’says Kajol.
Kajol holds the record for the most Best Actress wins at the Filmfare awards has pledged her support to Pratham by becoming its brand ambassador for the year.
The Pratham school children could not contain their excitement as the Bollywood icon signed autographs. Though we must say she seemed equally pleased to spend time with her budding young co-stars:
The Pratham gala is to be held on October 5th 2012 where the short film about education and literacy in India will be premiered. Tickets to the gala are limited and are available by e-mailing email@example.com
We are happy to announce that Bollywood super star Kajol is to be Pratham's brand ambassador for 2012! Kajol is best known for films such as 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayeng' and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai'.
Kajol will also be guest of honor at this year's Pratham Gala in October.
Pratham are delighted to be included in the list which includes NGO's doing amazing work in a cross section of thematic areas.
This is from the Global Journal website:
Recognizing the significant role of NGOs as influential agents of change on a global scale, The Global Journal has sought to move beyond outdated clichés and narrow conceptions about what an NGO is and does. From humanitarian relief to the environment, public health to education, microfinance to intellectual property, NGOs are increasingly at the forefront of developments shaping the lives of millions of people around the world.
Read more about the list on The Global Journal