Fellow Since 1988
Pragat Shikshan Sansthan
This profile was prepared when Maxine Bernstein was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1988.
Maxine Berntsen is an American-born linguist who moved to India in the early 1960s, settled in Phaltan, Maharashtra, and became an Indian citizen. She is launching a model preschool and follow-up supplementary education program for poor small town and rural children, and is beginning systematically to reach out from this base to the dispirited public primary school teachers. She's also demonstrating better ways of teaching reading and associated skills in the regional language of Maharashtra, a state of 60 million people in West-central India.
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