Pratham CEO Rukmini Banerji Gets Global Education Recognition

NEW DELHI : Rukmini Banerji, Chief Executive Officer of the Pratham Education Foundation in India, has been awarded the 2021 Yidan Prize for Educational Development, a leading global recognition in education for her work in improving educational outcomes. learning in schools.

Besides Banerji, Stanford University professor Eric Hanushek received the 2021 Yidan Prize for Research in Education.

Koichiro Matsuura, Chairman of the Yidan Prize Judging Committee based in Hong Kong and former Director General of Unesco, said: “[Every year] year, we champion individuals or teams who bring breakthrough ideas to educational research and educational development. They are shaping a better future by transforming the way we teach and learn. »

“Both [Eric and Rukmini] are tackling a crucial piece of the education puzzle: improving the quality of education and outcomes for learners. Eric’s research has shown that it is above all the quality of education that underpins the economic health of their nations. Rukmini has conducted unprecedented work to understand why some children do not leave school with essential reading and writing skills,” the Yidan Prize Committee said on its official website.

Founded in 2016 by Charles Chen Yidan, the Yidan Prize is on a mission to create a better world through education. The Yidan Prize consists of two prizes: the Yidan Prize for Educational Research and the Yidan Prize for Educational Development. The winner of the Yidan Prize receives a gold medal and a total sum of HK$30 million ($3.9 million), including a cash prize of HK$15 million ($1.9 million dollars) and a project fund of HK$15 million.

“[Banerji] receives the 2021 Yidan Award for Educational Development for its work in improving learning outcomes. The Annual State of Education Report (ASER) assessment approach, pioneered by Dr. Banerji and his team in India, revealed gaps in literacy and numeracy among children who had already spent several years at school. To fill these gaps, his team’s Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) program works with schools and local communities to provide basic reading and arithmetic skills, ensuring that no child is left behind. left over. This systematic and replicable model reaches millions of children each year across the country and is spreading around the world,” the Yidan Foundation said.

Banerji and Eric will join nine winners who have received the Yidan Prize since its inception in 2016. This year’s pool of nominations was diverse with nominees from more than 130 countries and territories.

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