2021 Yidan Prize

India-based Dr Rukmini Banerji was awarded with the 2021 Yidan prize on September 28, 2021.

Key Points

  • Award was presented to her by Yidan Prize Foundation.
  • Apart from her, US-based Professor Eric Hanushek was also conferred with the prestigious Yidan Prize 2021.
  • Both have been awarded the Yidan Prize for recognition of their ground-breaking work that addresses a crucial piece of education puzzle called “improving quality of education as well as outcomes for learners at scale”.
  • Both of them will join nine laureates who have been awarded the Yidan Prize since 2016.

Cash Prize

Both the persons will receive HK$30 million which is equal to approximately US$3.9 million. The money includes HK$15 million cash prize and a project fund of HK$15 million, from the Foundation.

Dr Rukmini Banerji

He is the Chief Executive Officer of ‘Pratham Education Foundation’. She was awarded the 2021 Yidan Prize for Education Development. Award recognises her work in improving learning outcomes. He also pioneered the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) assessment approach, revealing literacy and numeracy gaps among children in India. To bridge these gaps, they started “Teaching at the Right Level” (TaRL) program which works with schools and local communities in order to provide basic reading and arithmetic skills. This programme ensures that no children are left behind.

About Yidan Prize

Yidan prize was established by Yidan prize Foundation in 2016. Yidan Prize Foundation is a global philanthropic education foundation, inspiring progress and change in education. It is is an education award, recognizing individuals, or up to three-member teams, who have contributed towards education research & development. It aims to progress learning by means of building a global community that is committed towards advancing ideas in education.


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