"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
“Among grade 6 students in West and Central Africa in 2014, less than 45 percent reached the “sufficient” competency level for continuing studies in reading or mathematics—for example, the rest could not answer a math problem that required them to divide 130 by 26.”
- World Bank World Development Report 2018
The Practical Education Network (PEN) improves learning outcomes by building teacher capacity. The teacher training program PEN provides is infused with MIT-style, learning-by-doing to enable hands-on science regardless of resource constraints. PEN offers a series of workshops where West African STEM teachers learn, design, and share hands-on activities which complement the national curriculum and are created from low-cost and locally available materials.
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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.
We host teacher training workshops to explore hands-on STEM activities that use low-cost, locally available materials.
A lack in material resources often leave teachers feeling limited to using traditional approaches. PEN empowers teachers around the world to engage their students in hands-on science projects. We train teachers in executing these activities within the structure of traditional education programs.
Our material blends constructivist learning with design training to allow participants to discover key concepts and harness them to engage in projects relevant to their daily lives.
PEN has a special emphasis on the challenges of STEM education in the developing world – large class sizes, scarce material resources, and the novelty of interactive pedagogies.
We employ a teach-the-teachers business model, leveraging our partners' networks to reach scale.
Since 2014, we have been running workshops around Ghana with our local partners.We have been growing in numbers and reach each year!
Joseph Quaye Amoo
Quaye oversees the day to day running of PEN operations in STEM education. He is a passionate child and youth development activist.
Partnerships & Resource Mobilisation Manager
Desmond builds thriving collaborations with STEM stakeholders in Ghana and beyond. He holds an MA in Global Development and Social Justice from St. John’s University, New York.
Fredrick manages PEN's logistics to ensure the smooth running of all operations. He is a Marine Science grad from University of Ghana.
Communications & Marketing Officer
Nancy brings PEN's work to life in the eyes of our stakeholders, communicating our work and impact widely.
District Science Coordinator, Ga East District
Emmanuel is an enthusiastic practical teacher and commands a refined skill in guiding teachers through practical activities. He also serves as National Secretary for GAST.
District Science Coordinator, Ga South District
Saddik is the Chair of Curriculum for GAST, and he was previously awarded Best Science Teacher in Greater Accra Region. He brings a wealth of teacher training experience.
Dr. Thomas Tagoe
Lecturer, University of Ghana
Thomas completed his PhD in Neuroscience and is a passionate STEM advocate, having co-founded GhScientific.
Teacher, Zenu KKMA JHS Ashaiman
Selase was one of the first batch of teachers PEN trained, and she has since skyrocketed into a star practical science teacher.
Teacher, Asofan M/A 1 JHS
Rejoyce trains and encourage teacher colleagues in her circuit on hands-on science methods through the accessibility and affordability of local materials.
Teacher, Kofi Kwei M/A Basic School
Simon's motivation in training teachers on hands-on science practicals has been the rate of change in pupils' understanding through practical activities.
Master Trainer, PEN
Michael completed his Masters in Petroleum Geoscience and is passionate about empowering fellow Ghanaians with STEM skills that will position them to be relevant in the industry.
Professor, Ashesi University
Business Leader, STEM Advocate