"I'm so grateful and I can boldly say I am now teaching Science with confidence... In fact, my students have started calling me a champion! Madam, can you imagine? This is because my lessons are now practical than theoretical."
Madame D., Kpone-Katamanso District, Greater Accra
Teachers trained in hands-on activities
2 million +
Activities mapped to the Ghanaian school syllabus
Local alternatives/sources of lab equipment
Greater increase in science exam scores over course of academic year
(compared to control)
Greater change in student attitudes towards science over course of academic year
These selection of videos will help you know PEN better.
How ONE Hands-on Science training changed Science lessons
Learn About PEN
The PEN Impact
An impact control trial carried out in 6 public schools in the Greater Accra Region provides evidence for the effect of PEN's practical teaching and learning approach.
The PEN Difference: 97% greater increase in exam scores over one academic year.
The PEN Difference: increase in attitudes towards science over one academic year.
The case for practical STEM education in Africa
Global South COVID-19 Digital Innovation Challenge - Winner (2021)
Top 50 Innovations in Education in Africa - Finalist (2021)
Science Technology and Innovation for SDGs - Winner (2020)
Teachers and Educators Challenge - Winner (2018)
The Gratitude Network - Fellow (2018)
MIT D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowship (2016)
MIT Sloan Africa Innovate Business Plan Competition - Winner (2015)
GrowthMosaic Education Challenge - Winner (2016)
IEEE/IBM Smarter Planet - Best Curriculum (2012)
MIT IDEAS Competition - Winner (2011)
Ghana Education Service (GES)
GES is a government agency under the Ministry of Education responsible for implementing government policies that ensure that Ghanaians of school-going age receive quality formal education.
Ministry of Education, Liberia
The mission of the Ministry of Education is to provide quality education for all and prepare future leaders who are capable of handling the task of nation building, protecting our national heritage and enhancing the socio-economic growth and development for the sustenance of the Liberian state.
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
A statutory body committed to improving learning experiences and outcomes of all Ghanaian children thrrough the provision of a world class school curriculum and assessment.
National Teaching Council
The National Teaching Council (NTC) is an agency of the Ministry of Education mandated by the Education Regulatory Bodies Act, 2020 (Act 1023) to promote teacher professionalism in Ghana.
UNIDO is a specialized agency of the United Nations with a unique mandate to promote, dynamize and accelerate industrial development.
International Telecommunication Union
The International Telecommunication Union is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for many matters related to information and communication technologies.
MIT Solve is a marketplace for social impact and social entrepreneurship, connecting startups with the funding and resources to solve global challenges.
AIMS is enabling Africa’s talented students to become innovators driving the continent’s scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency.
Ashesi Education Collaborative
An Ashesi-led initiative to build a network of institutions across Africa that share meaningful insights, stimulate collaboration, and empower education stakeholders in Africa to transform the continent.
D-Lab has programs organised under three pillars: Education, Research, and Innovation Practice ; and is creating and delivering transformational student experiences in global poverty alleviation, advancing the scholarship and practice of global poverty alleviation and inclusive design pedagogy, and sustaining an ecosystem that supports the full life cycle of practical solutions.
Ashesi University's mission is to propel an African renaissance by educating ethical, entrepreneurial leaders.
Accounting for International Development
Support provider for a global range of non-profit organisations through volunteer accountants, who build financial management capacity.
ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest publicly traded energy providers and chemical manufacturers, develops and applies next-generation technologies to help safely and responsibly meet the world’s growing needs for energy and high-quality chemical products.
Provider of high standard pro-bono legal expertise.
Trust Law - Thomson Reuters Foundation
Connects high impact NGO's working to create social change with the best law firms and corporate legal teams to provide them with free legal assistance.
A hands-on science initiative by Peace Corps Volunteers.
Odeefo Oteng Korankye II Education Fund
The Oddefo Oteng Korankye Education Fund seeks to support educational achievement for the children of Berekuso towards a brighter future for the community.
Someone Else's Child Foundation
Someone Else’s Child is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that supports children’s causes throughout the U.S. and in Africa.
Ghana Association of Science Teachers
The leading professional society for Ghanaian STEM educators
Zonta Club of Accra
Zonta Club of Accra's key focus is to empower women and girls to be able to build a better world.
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a pan-African network of Centres of Excellence for post-graduate training in mathematical sciences, research and public engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Ashesi Education Collaborative Collaborates with other institutions to advance higher education in Africa.
UN STI Forum Award
The Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Forum is an annual stakeholder Forum that provides a venue for facilitating interaction, matchmaking and the establishment of networks between relevant stakeholders and multi-stakeholder partnerships in order to identify and examine technology needs and gaps, including with regard to scientific cooperation, innovation and capacity-building, and also in order to help facilitate development, transfer and dissemination of relevant technologies for the sustainable development goals." The STI Forum is initiated by the United Nations in collaboration with Global Innovation Exchange.
The Forum creates a discussion and networking platform for all actors in the field of science, technology and innovation and is open to member States, UN organizations, civil society, academia, industry and private sector, as well as accredited individuals.
Each year, the UN STI puts out a call for organisations from backgrounds that border on Science, Technology and Innovation to partake in the annual stakeholder forum.
In June 2020, Practical Education Network was selected and verified as one of the winners who would participate in this year’s Forum. Successful applicants are also entitled to expert coaching on how to present their innovations on a global stage, an opportunity to showcase their expertise and innovations to a global audience, a networking opportunity that could potentially open up an avenue for support, as well as an opportunity to be included in public relations activities with the potential of media exposure.
Collaborating on Practical STEM Education
& Youth Entrepreneurship in Ghana
"Around 250 million children are not learning basic skills, even though half of them have spent at least four years in school… Investing in teachers is key: in around a third of countries, less than 75% of primary school teachers are trained according to national standards."
UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2013/14
Hands-on science and curricula with real-world relevance improve student engagement and learning outcomes.
PEN offers a series of workshops where STEM trainers learn, design, and share hands-on activities which complement the national curriculum and are created from low-cost and locally available materials.
Hands-On Science in Action
Hard and Soft water
Radiation of Heat
Volume of an irregular object
PEN provides a teacher training program infused with MIT-style learning-by-doing to promote hands-on science regardless of resource constraints
No. 15 Afari Gyan Street, North Legon, Accra, Ghana.
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