Pratham, a spearheading civil society organisation committed to working on the nature of schooling and education for oppressed kids in India and across the world, has been granted the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2021.
“The 2021 Prize is awarded to Pratham 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 programs 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,” read a statement from Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.
Set up in 1995 by Dr. Madhav Chavan and Farida Lambay, it began work in Mumbai slums setting up local area-based pre-schools and offering medicinal instruction for understudies lingering behind in their classes.
“In basic education, Pratham develops low-cost and replicable innovations, working with the government and engaging the community to improve learning outcomes,” the Trust said.
Its yearly Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), in view of studying 600,000 country Indian youngsters, is currently utilized as a model to evaluate training results and learning inadequacies in 14 nations more than three landmasses.
“Pratham seeks to prevent children from dropping out of school, with special programs especially for girls and women aimed at giving them a second chance to complete their education,” the Trust further mentioned.
The jury was headed by former Chief Justice of India TS Thakur. The Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament, and Development was initiated in the memory of the former prime minister by a trust in her name in 1986. It comprises a financial honour of 25 lakhs alongside a citation.
The honour is given to people or associations who pursue guaranteeing worldwide harmony and improvement, guaranteeing that logical revelation is utilized to add the extent of the opportunity and better humankind, and creating new international economic order.