Nearly half of India is illiterate. The recent economic expansion will not be widespread without significantly higher percentage of Indians being able to read and write. The positive impact of education on a person and nation’s well being are clearly established. Pragathi focuses on basic and functional literacy especially in the rural areas and among segments of the society suffering from gender and caste biases.

Women are deprived of basic rights such as education, nutrition and health care. They are continued to be discriminated and exploited. Empowering women improves family structure, encourages children education, reduces exploitation, increases social standing, and improves employment opportunities.

A large section of the population lives under $1 a day. This population lacks skills and functional literacy to become employable or self-reliant. Pragathi supports programs for vocational training and other initiatives for livelihood generation to enable acceptable living standard.