The PEN Academy Project is a PEN’s collective impact initiative aimed at dramatically
improving K-12 student achievement from “cradle to school and college” through the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Pakistan. Drawing inspiration from Khan Academy, created by Salman Khan in 2008, the PEN Academy Project has a common goal and shared metrics of creating a set of ICT tools that help educate children anytime and anywhere. PEN Academy develops short lessons in the form of videos, VR and gaming contents. The e-portal includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators. All resources are freely available to the learners/teachers. The portal and its content are available in English and Urdu for children all over Pakistan. The project aims to mobilize public schooling to dramatically improve education through the use of digital technologies and online tools for the children growing up in one of the most impoverished areas of Pakistan. We are committed to nothing less than closing the unacceptable opportunity and achievement gaps for low-income children, and opening door for all from cradle to school and college. We want the young people of our region—whether they grow up in urban or rural settings—to have the same shot at career opportunity and economic success. Today, they do not!