Gates and Hewlett boost education in India

Two major U.S. foundations are partnering to provide $9.1 million for basic education for children in India.

The grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will go to the Read India initiative run by Pratham, India’s largest educational nonprofit.

The effort targets children ages 6 to 14 in 100 districts of India with the goal of helping them achieve basic mastery of math, reading and writing by the end of 2009.

Over the course of three years, the effort will reach about 10 million children, about half of whom are illiterate, in 10 states.

The grant is the first in a series to be awarded by the foundations, which have joined forces to improve the quality of education at primary and secondary schools in developing countries

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