As we near the end of our Millions Learning video series, we highlight Pratham’s Read India initiative, one of the 14 case studies examined in the Millions Learning report. Read India works to ensure that children in grades three to five acquire basic reading, writing, and arithmetic skills by identifying children’s current learning levels, regardless of age or grade, and grouping them by level for instruction—also known as “teaching at the right level.” Starting in 2007, Read India reaches today more than 6 million children indirectly through its state- and district-level partnerships.
In this video, Madhav Chavan, Pratham co-founder and executive board member, sheds light on Pratham’s experience working with policymakers at all levels to implement Read India across 23 Indian states. He then discusses the role of technology in Pratham’s work and its future potential, as well as Read India’s success in mobilizing a broad volunteer base. Chavan closes by outlining the importance of scaling up in small steps, ultimately using “quick wins” to demonstrate that large-scale progress is possible in the long run.