Madhav Chavan

Ashoka Fellow
India,
Fellow Since 2002
Pratham

Citation

This profile was prepared when Madhav Chavan was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Madhav is addressing a major problem in India's education system through his "capital-light" preschool programs. By tapping into unutilized resources in terms of infrastructure, staff, and community involvement, his approach keeps start-up and on-going costs at a minimum, offering even the poorest communities the opportunity to educate their children.
Madhav's organization, the Pratham Mumbai Education Initiative, holds people as its main asset by developing a systematic and rigorous training and monitoring process. The result is a network of effective teacher-entrepreneurs who can replicate the Pratham Initiative in other cities. The low-cost strategy serves more than 100,000 children in Mumbai and is being scaled up in 12 other cities in India. Pratham is now leveraging its critical asset, a low-cost distribution channel, to provide a variety of other useful services at little incremental cost.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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