Ashoka India Fellow Madhav Chavan of Pratham wins 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

The Skoll Foundation announced the 2011 recipients of the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. Each year the Skoll Foundation chooses a select group of top social entrepreneurs and their organizations working around the world in the areas of tolerance and human rights, health, environmental sustainability, peace and security, and economic and social equity. Skoll Award recipients receive a three-year grant and join the growing global network of now 85 Skoll social entrepreneurs from 70 organizations who are tackling the world’s most pressing problems.

“Many of the most challenging problems we face – access to clean water, effective and affordable healthcare, and literacy and education – are rooted in poverty.  But looking at our 2011 Skoll Award winners, I see great hope for the future,” said Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation. “The four social entrepreneurs we honor this year offer scalable, proven solutions to these truly daunting problems.”

The Skoll Awards program provides social entrepreneurs who have achieved significant impact with unrestricted funding to further extend their reach. These new Skoll entrepreneurs have proven their innovations and are delivering results across issues and geographies.

Ashoka India Fellow Madhav Chavan of Pratham is one of the four winners. Chavan leads Pratham, whose goal is to ensure that every child is in school and learning well. Pratham works across urban and rural India, mobilizing volunteers to execute low-cost solutions to maximize government efforts. Starting by setting up pre-schools in community spaces or people’s homes in slums, Pratham introduces remedial literacy learning in Indian schools and focuses on measuring outcomes. It launched Read India, which has trained over a million volunteers and teachers, reaching more than 34 million children. Pratham also created partnerships that publish children’s books and provide computer and English learning. It developed the Annual Status of Education Report, a nationwide household survey that assesses the impact of government spending on education. Visit PrathamUSA.

The Skoll Awards will be presented by Jeff Skoll, Skoll Foundation founder and Chairman, and Sally Osberg, Skoll Foundation President and CEO, on March 30 at the University of Oxford at the eighth annual Skoll World Forum. The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier, international platform for accelerating entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social issues. The Forum is being held this year March 28-April 1.

About the Skoll Foundation

Jeff Skoll created the Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Led by CEO Sally Osberg since 2001, our mission is to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems. Social entrepreneurs are society’s change agents, creators of innovations that disrupt the status quo and transform our world for the better. By identifying the people and programs already bringing positive change around the world, we empower them to extend their reach, deepen their impact and fundamentally improve society. The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, the foundation’s flagship program, is presented each year at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England.