Mobilizing Unpaid Village Volunteers to Fix Primary Education in India: Experiences from Pratham

Date: 5/03/2011
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: The Puck Building, Mulberry Conference Room, 3072
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map

Wagner's Office of International Programs and the International Public Service Association are pleased to host Shayak Banerjee from Pratham. This organization works in 258 out of the 626 districts in India, primarily using unpaid volunteers from local communities but also Government teachers in bringing about a large scale improvement in learning levels of primary school going children in India.

How does Pratham manage to run a program at such a large scale but at a low cost? How does it ensure quality of delivery at such as large scale? How has Pratham succeeded in generating 62,000 volunteers in a country in which many believe the so-called “spirit of volunteerism” does not exist. And how does Pratham attempt to get communities, many of whose members are illiterate or barely literate, involved in education? Shayak Banerjee, head of the Program Review and Management Unit at Pratham will describe Pratham’s approach and model and attempt to answer some of the questions posed above, drawing from his experiences of having observed and reviewed Pratham programs across India.