Civil society organisation Pratham awarded Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace for 2021
- Pratham, a civil society organisation dedicated to improving the quality of education among underprivileged children in India and across the world, has been conferred the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2021.
- Pratham is dedicated to improving the quality of education among underprivileged children in India and across the world.
About Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace:
- The Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development, is the prestigious award accorded annually by Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.
- It is given to individuals or organisations in recognition of creative efforts toward promoting international peace, development and a new international economic order.
- The prize carries a cash award of 2.5 million INR and a citation.
- The panel consists of prominent national and international personalities including previous recipients.
- Location: New Delhi
- Founded in 1995, Pratham began activities in slums, established a community-based kindergarten, and provided tutoring for late-class students.
- The Annual Report of Education (ASER), based on a survey of 600,000 children in rural India, is now used as a model for assessing educational outcomes and learning disabilities in 14 countries on three continents.
- To respond to the concerns raised by ASER, in 2007 Pratham launched its flagship programme, Read India, which aims to improve children’s learning by strengthening basic reading and arithmetic.
- Pratham was awarded for its pioneering work over more than a quarter century in seeking to ensure that every child has access to quality education, for its innovative use of digital technology to deliver education, for its programmes to provide skills to young adults, for its regular evaluation of the quality of education, and for its timely response in enabling children to learn during the Covid-19 related school closures."