PEN’s education policy is guided by the importance of ideas, of literature and of writing – of freedom of expression – in forming healthy individuals and societies. PEN’s goal is to empower communities across all languages and cultures through reading and writing.
PEN is committed to improving the quality of education as a means of individual and societal transformation. PEN recognises that quality education goes beyond reductive approaches to literacy and numeracy and believes in the importance of holistic education grounded in the values of freedom of expression and the promotion of literature. To achieve this goal, PEN Centres around the globe run programmes at the grassroots level which focus on the development of critical thinking, reading and writing skills in children, young people and adults.
PEN Centres’ grassroots, non-formal education programmes include schools and youth clubs, mentoring programmes, creative writing workshops and competitions. PEN Centres also run teacher trainings on creative writing and conduct research and advocacy to ensure that national curricula promote reading amongst students and ensure that literature is a core curriculum subject.
Human rights education
PEN believes that human rights education is fundamental for the creation of equal, inclusive, peaceful and democratic societies. Through our human rights education policy and programming, PEN Centres promote our central principle of freedom of expression.
PEN Centres human rights education programmes include a human rights summer school, free speech education programmes and trainings on human rights and cultural diversity.
You can read more about our work in education here and here.