A to G Zone

Pratham’s interventions in Mumbai commenced in the A to G Zone from the year 2005. The operational area of the Zone stretches from Colaba to Mahim. Since the time of its inception a number of programs have been undertaken such as Balwadi (Pre-School) L2R (Learning to Read) ­ Library, Parenting & Science programs. These programs concentrated on building the basic foundations of the children with regards to the reading skills and language competencies. Currently the core programs of Balwadi, Parent Education, Learning Camps and Library continue to run in the Zone.

● Balwadi :

The Pratham Balwadi program runs for 3 hours. The timetable is decided according to the age of the children, which is generally between 3 - 5 years. We train children in language, math and free play. Physical play is also included in the balwadi curriculum because it is important for the children to develop physically. Pratham currently runs 22 Balwadi’s in the A to G Zone in 2017-18.

● Library :

The objectives of the Community Library Program are to develop the reading habit among the children, increase their competencies in language and their knowledge and to increase community participation. In Pratham’s quest to build sustainable communities, where ownership and responsibility of education and sustaining learning levels of children is shared by the community, the A to G team switched to the volunteer based model to implement the Community Library program in 2017-18. Each community has atleast 4 volunteers. These volunteers are private tuition teachers, support class teachers, parents, students, and anganwadi teachers. One volunteer roughly distribute books to 10 children. Overall, every child through this volunteer mode gets an avg. of minimum 4 books to read in a month as against the planned target of 2 books per month per child.

● Parent Education Programme:

This programme is conducted for the parents of children in the age group 3 - 8 years. Various activities are conducted with the parents. Parents are given worksheets, which involves the children as well, so that they can solve together. For the parents who cannot attend the community intervention, a home visit is conducted to explain the daily happenings at the workshop, give worksheets etc. These activities try to involve parents in the day-to-day activities of the children. A Parents education workshop was held each month in all the 76 communities of the A to G zone in the year 2017 - 18.

● Urban Learning Camp/Retention Support Classes:

The urban learning camp/retention support classes is conducted for children of age group 6 - 14 years. The children undergo training in language & math for 20 - 40 hours. The ULC conducts activities through group learning activities. In 2017 -2018 the A to G zone had a total of 68 operational retention support class units.

The Urban learning camp has the following activities :


The objective of the language camp is that the children improve their reading, writing and speaking skills. In order to achieve the classes have various topics such as oral and written comprehension, essay writing and so on.


The objective of the maths camp is to improve the children’s ability to recognise basic numbers and perform basic mathematical operations. The children should be able to recognise numbers from 1 to 10,000 and perform basic mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication & division, and carry-over system.

In 2017-18 Pratham reached 10747 children through the various programs in the A to G Zone.

The objectives of the Community Library Program are to develop the reading habit among the children, increase their competencies in language and their knowledge and create self sustaining communities.

On the 24th of February 2018 A2G zone had organised an event in Wadala to Appreciate all the volunteers who are part of the Community Library Program in Wadala and Worli.