Pratham was established in 1995 by Sh. Madhav Singh Chauhan to provide quality education to children living in the slums of Mumbai. It has grown into an innovative learning organization and aims to improve the quality of education in Bharat. It runs many programs including primary education, vocational training, research, advocacy, etc.
The vocational training was launched by Pratham in 2005 to train the youths of the economically weak sections. Until now, they have trained over 25,000 young people with employable skills. Young people from remote areas reached Pratham training centers. The NGO provides the training along with stay and food for free.
- Construction: Plumbing, Electrical, Welding, Masonry
- Hospitality: Housekeeping, Food and Beverage Service, Food Production
- Automotive: Mechanic
- Healthcare: Nursing, Beauty
Pratham gathers young people from villages and then trains them. After the completion of the training, they further provide job placement. Due to the pandemic, Pratham has been teaching online and, practicals are conducted at nearby available workshops or course-related workplaces. To reach out to the youths, they are using online platforms – conduct webinars on YouTube.
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Pratham has a center for electrical, welding, masonry, and plumbing in Kurud Dhamtari. The center for four-wheeler automobiles is in Mana, Raipur. The Center for healthcare is in Sardani Darba, Raipur. Pratham also has a center for two-wheelers and healthcare in Bilaspur. For hospitality, it has a center in Rajnandgaon. In Dhamtri there is a center for beauty and hospitality and, for hospitality and electrical, in Sukma.