Progressive Education Network (PEN) is a non-profit company registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan under Section 42 of the Companies Ordinance 1984.
Companies which are registered under Section 42 have to comply with strict regulations of audit, reporting and governance under the supervision of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan.
PEN is certified by the Pakistan Center for Philanthropy and ISO 9001 for compliance with best practices in internal governance, financial management and program delivery.
PEN adopts under-performing public schools through a public-private partnership with the District Governments for a period of ten years and implements reforms to upgrade the schools’ academics and infrastructure.
You can view our registration documents here.
100%. All donations received by PEN are used to upgrade public schools.
Our administrative costs are sponsored by PEN Founders and a group of core supporters.
PEN is supported by our founders, their friends and families. In addition, we are thankful to the following companies for sponsoring PEN interventions in public schools:
PEN Board of Directors and the Chief Executive do not derive any monetary or other benefits or facilities from Progressive Education Network.
We organize an annual fundraising dinner which is paid for by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. Traveling expenses for operations of schools do come from donations. All other travel expenses are not paid for by PEN.
We are certified under ISO 9001 for implementing a quality management system and by the Pakistan Center for Philanthropy for compliance with best practices in internal governance, financial management and program delivery.
Public schools cater to the low-income strata of our society yet lag far behind private schools in terms of academics and basic facilities.
According to the LEAPS Report and the Annual Status of Education Report 2014, students of Class III in public schools lag behind their private-school counterparts by 1.5 to 2.5 years in basic arithmetic and reading skills. As our curriculum is based on “learning to read,’ by Class III and “reading to learn,” thereafter, most students do not recover from this gap and as a result drop-out of school. According to a World Bank study, 50 percent of the students drop-out before Class V.
Hence, PEN works with public schools and focuses on primary-level as it has the highest rate of return on investment. Children with strong reading and arithmetic skills at primary-level are more likely to stay in school and more likely to finish matriculation.
We carry out the following infrastructure improvements in public schools to create an environment that is conducive to learning for our children:
1. New construction or renovation of classrooms & toilets
2. Electric water coolers with a 2-stage filter
3. Student & teacher furniture
4. Electric fixtures, e.g. fans, energy savers, etc.
5. Paint work
6. Minor repair and maintenance (e.g. windows, doors, water tanks, etc.)
8. Kids’ room (Early Childhood Education Centers) with a computer
9. Appointment of a maid in primary schools to clean school premises twice a day
No. We’re a nationwide effort. PEN started with adoption of schools in Lahore and Karachi as our Board of Directors are based in these two cities. These schools in Lahore and Karachi are funded by the Board of Directors as proof-of-concept (demonstrating how PEN interventions have transformed public schools).
Ultimately, the success of our interventions is measured through the following indicators:
1. Student enrollment
2. Student retention rate
3. Student-teacher ratio
4. Student assessment through internal and external examinations
5. Teacher training hours
6. Teacher attendance
7. Teachers’ pedagogical skills measured through daily monitoring
8. Student participation in co-curricular activities
9. Provision of basic facilities
We provide each donor a quarterly report with detailed analysis on the above-mentioned indicators. One of our core values is Radical Transparency which keeps us accountable to all our stakeholders and we share all information with our stakeholders.
PEN Founders bear the expenses of the Head Office, staff salaries, and operations of 27 Government schools which were initially adopted as proof of concept.
PEN has rigorous a monitoring and evaluation mechanism. Every day, PEN’s monitoring teams in each city/cluster visit our adopted schools to monitor teacher and student attendance, classroom observation, co-curricular activities, school facilities, etc.
In addition, there’s a third party evaluation of our adopted schools conducted on an annual basis.
Pakistan Center for Philanthropy also conducts an audit of PEN’s internal governance, financial management and program delivery.