Pratham InfoTech Foundation
Pratham InfoTech Foundation(PIF) is a non-profit organization that works in India to bridge the digital divide, facilitate the adoption of information technologies (IT) in education, and equip disadvantaged youths with skills, tools and capabilities that new global economy demands. Affiliated with Pratham ( www.pratham.org ), an NGO that works to provide quality education to the underprivileged children of India, PIF runs IT based training, educational and community capacity building programs in underserved schools and communities. Pratham InfoTech Foundation is committed to ensuring “e-education for all” and engaged in the following activities,
  • Computer aided learning program for K-12 and educational technology infrastructure development in schools: advising, staff training, & management.
  • After-school computer & job skill training centers for youths in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.
  • Curriculum design and localized training material (digital and printed) development in local languages.
  • Fund raising and resource mobilization through Govt. & industry partnership to advance mission agenda.
About PIF
Vision
All people- regardless of social background, income level, geographic isolation, skill gap and educational qualifications, reap the social and economic benefits that information technologies promise to all in the new world in which information and technology touch every aspect of our life.
Mission
Aim to boost digital literacy, bridge digital divide, facilitate the adoption of information technologies in education, and equip at risk youths with skills, tools and capabilities that new global economy demands.
Approach
In pursuit of the vision, the following principles guide our operations and outreach,
  • Programs, products and services that stress the use of IT to address socio-economic problems of the disadvantaged and underserved population.
  • Holistic program development, value-addition to stakeholders and sustainability of efforts are key determinants of success.
  • A low cost, scalable and quality driven operational model that relies on recruiting smart, talented youth from the underserved communities we serve.
  • Emphasis on capacity building, skill development, social integration and inclusive growth.
The Need

Information technologies enable access to universal knowledge, quality education, good healthcare, transparent governance and economic opportunities. In the past few decades, advances in IT have brought tremendous growth and benefits to our generation. However, these benefits are not reaching all equally or if reaching, reaching too slowly.

In India, people with low literacy level and from low-income families, which constitute the significant percentage of India’s total population, lack skills, knowledge, tools and capabilities to learn, access and use IT in everyday life.

Most public schools in underserved areas do not have basic infrastructure for educational technologies, access to computer based educational contents and knowhow to teach IT based curriculums.

A very large percentage of India’s population is at risk and may be left behind, if these problems are not addressed. Prompt attention is needed to overcome these challenges.

History

Pratham Mumbai Education Initiative was set up in 1994 at the initiative of UNICEF and Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to achieve universal primary and pre-primary education in Mumbai by 2000. While aiming at universalization of elementary education, Pratham focused on both large-scale grassroots mobilization and school based initiatives. One of such initiatives is Computer Aided Learning in Government-run schools, in which primary-school children play competency based educational computer games in Indian language as part of their weekly timetable.

In the summer of 1998, ICICI Bank Ltd. was phasing out their used 486 computers. ICICI then suggested that they would give Pratham 120 of these used machines to explore ways to "leap-frog into the 21st century". Pratham took up the challenge, established 15 IT centers in Mumbai Municipal schools and introduced Computer Aided Learning (CAL). This is how the Educational Technology program came into being. In 2000, Pratham InfoTech Foundation emerged as a separate entity affiliated with Pratham.

Recognition
CAL and DLLS at the Manthan Award.

Pratham InfoTech Foundation's Computer Aided Learning and Digital Literacy as Life Skill Program was recognised at the Manthan Award South West India under the category for 'e education and learning'. The award was handed to PIF by Mr. Vivek Sawant, Managing Director and CEO of Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) !!

With great recognition comes greater responsibility and so PIF strives to work harder along its mission towards e education for all!The program was appreciated for creating a learning platform that uses specially developed software systems to introduce computer aided learning and digital literacy to school age children in underserved areas and for being run through a sustainable, participatory model.

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Nasik casts a spell

Cast a Spell’ is a digitally-enabled spelling competition held by WCF. This year, 200 of our students participated at the National level on the 13th of November,among other participants from Mumbai, Pune, Nasik, Gurgaon and Bangalore. 2 of our students, Nikhil Patil and Divya Chaudhri from Nasik performed outstandingly and qualified for the Next Level.

On the 27th of November, 2014, they went on to the International level. This Global Finale was held across six global locations including India, South Africa, The Philippines, Romania, Poland and Sri Lanka. 26,000 students were participants at this level and were divided in to 3 groups according to their age.

We are proud to announce that our student Nikhil Patil from Dr. Shalinitai Borse School, Nashik, secured 1st place in the 10-12 Age Group. He was awarded with a trophy as well as cash prize of $500. The school was also awarded with $500.

We are happy to have such amazing talent among our students and proud to be part of his academic journey!

Our Team