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LUI Che Woo Prize – Prize for World Civilisation 2018 Positive Energy Prize Laureate Public Lecture

4 Oct 2018

Laureate Public Lecture 2018

Positive Energy Prize Laureate - Pratham Education Foundation

Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong

Speaker: Dr Rukmini Banerji (Chief Executive Officer, Pratham Education Foundation)

Topic: Solutions for the Learning Crisis: Building Foundations to Move Beyond Schooling to Learning


Abstract of the Lecture

India is close to achieving universal enrolment for children in the age group 6 to 14 - an enormous task for a country of 1.3 billion people. But is this "schooling" translating into "learning"? Years of data from Pratham's Annual Status of Education Report reveal the answer. More than 50% of children in Grade 5 across the country are unable to read Grade 2 level text. A similar number cannot do basic operations like subtraction. This learning crisis needs urgent attention and an immediate solution if India’s young population has to reach its full potential. 

Over the years, Pratham has evolved an effective and durable solution for helping primary school children acquire foundational reading and arithmetic skills in a short period of time and at low cost. This approach is today not only being used in India but is also in demand in other parts of the world. 

The lecture will trace the evolution of Pratham’s innovative and indigenous approach. It will discuss the model’s effectiveness in addressing challenges in education systems, and outline the promising directions in ensuring that “every child is in school and learning well”.

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