Educational charity Pratham UK raises over £450,000 at its annual gala

Guests at the Pratham UK Gala 2017 - Image copyright of Lopa Patel

Educational charity Pratham UK raised over £450,000 at its annual gala dinner, in association with UBS, held at the Landmark Hotel, London, on 14th October 2017. The highlight of the British Indian social calendar, guests were entertained by singer Raageshwari and treated to an exclusive Satya Paul fashion show. This year, all of the funds raised will go to the Pratham Second Chance Programme for girls who have dropped out of school.

This year’s guest of honour was Mrs Neerja Birla, Founder and Chairperson of Mpower, a movement tackling the mental health stigma in India, with the keynote speech given by Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of London for business. The event host was Channel 4 news anchor, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, with the auction undertaken by Hugh Edmeades, Christie’s International Auctioneer. Pratham’s Brand Ambassador, Bollywood Actress Aditi Rao Hydari, known for being a part of critically acclaimed movies such as Wazir and Khoobsurat, networked with business giants over the champagne reception earlier in the evening.

Guests of honour at previous galas have included CEOs from various industries- Rakesh Kapoor (Reckitt Benckiser), Anshu Jain (Deutsche Bank), Ivan Menezes (Diageo), Rajeev Vasudeva (Egon Zehnder) and business leaders- members of the Hinduja and Mittal families.

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About Pratham

Pratham is India’s largest education NGO, seeking to improve the quality of education and learning levels across India. Set up in 1994 in conjunction with UNICEF, Pratham has helped more than 35 million children to date through programmes focussed on improving reading levels, encouraging young women to continue their education and providing vocation skills to young adults.

Pratham UK is Pratham’s fundraising and awareness raising arm in the UK. We support Pratham’s work on the ground through our events, programmes for young professionals and corporate and institutional partnerships. Established in the UK in 2003, we have raised over £5 million, impacting the lives of more than 35 million children.

About Pratham’s Second Chance Program

Pratham’s Second Chance program focuses on providing school drop-outs, especially women, another chance at education. Second Chance program aims to support those who could not complete their secondary education. The program focuses on completion of Grade 10, in the hope that this academic certificate would prove useful for the learners and further their opportunities for educational growth and employability. The Second Chance program uses innovative teaching methods, to provide accessible and affordable learning opportunities very close to where the students live. Some of the Second Chance programs are residential and others are non-residential.

Over the years, close to 18,000 students have benefited from Pratham’s Second Chance program. The number of students who appeared for the Board examinations till now are 11,134. Overall, the pass percentage of students is 75%.

Currently, Pratham has Second Chance centres in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Telangana.

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