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21st November, 2022 Social Issues

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  • Former Vice-President of India Hamid Ansari presented the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development of 2021 to Pratham.
    • Pratham; is a non-governmental organization (NGO) functioning in the field of education.
    • Also during the COVID-19 pandemic, Pratham worked in ensuring quality education for children of the country.


NGO Pratham

  • Pratham is one of the largest non-governmental organisations in India.
    • It works for ensuring quality education for underprivileged children in India.
  • In 1994, It was established in Mumbai to provide preschool education to children in slums.
  • Pratham's mission is "Every Child in School and Learning well".
    • By increasing the literacy levels of India's poor, Pratham aims to improve India's economic and social equality, through low-cost education models that are sustainable and reproducible.
  • Pratham is spread across 23 states and union territories of India and has supporting branches in the United States, UK, Germany, Sweden, and Australia.
  • Pratham conducts the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), which is a household-based survey that collects information on children's schooling status and basic learning outcomes in almost every rural district in the country.
  • Pratham received the 2013 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for successfully catering to the learning needs of tens of millions of disadvantaged children for over 2 decades.
  • In 2018, Pratham was awarded the Lui Che Woo Prize, a cross-sector innovation prize that recognizes outstanding contributions benefiting humanity.

 Indira Gandhi Prize

  • The Indira Gandhi Prize or the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize or Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development is a prestigious award presented annually by the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.
  • The Prize is presented to individuals or organisations in honour of innovative efforts toward promoting international peace, development and a new international economic order; ensuring that scientific discoveries are used for the larger good of humanity, and enlarging the scope of freedom.
  • The prize carries a cash award of 2.5 million Indian rupees and a medal.
  • The recipients are chosen by a panel from a pool of national and international nominees.
  • The panel constituted by the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust consists of prominent national and international personalities including previous recipients.