Updated Jan 15, 2021

STiR Education

www.STiReducation.org

Mark Butcher

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Supporting education systems to reignite intrinsic motivation in every teacher and official, to role-model the foundations of lifelong learning for every child.

Our approach has three distinctive characteristics: 1) A focus on the foundations of lifelong learning. Academic outcomes are important - but they are not enough for children to thrive. So we've identified the core foundations of lifelong learning. These include socio-emotional outcomes that children develop, like engagement, safety, self-esteem, curiosity and critical thinking. They also i...
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Our approach has three distinctive characteristics: 1) A focus on the foundations of lifelong learning. Academic outcomes are important - but they are not enough for children to thrive. So we've identified the core foundations of lifelong learning. These include socio-emotional outcomes that children develop, like engagement, safety, self-esteem, curiosity and critical thinking. They also include the intensity and intentionality of the teaching that children receive, through the relationships that they build with intrinsically motivated teacher role-models. The evidence for these foundations is clear. But over time, we’ve learned that all of these foundations have to be in place and complementing each other at a child level, if they are to build a love of learning in a system. 2) Reigniting intrinsic motivation at all levels. This is our key ingredient to promote desired behaviours in children, teachers and officials. We introduce peer networks for teachers and officials - regular meetings for small groups of peers to strengthen connections, foster mutual support and ensure sustainable improvement. They practise new strategies and behaviours in their regular work, with observation and feedback to support further improvement. And they reflect on their experiences, adapting their practice and refining action plans to embed their learning. 3) True learning partnerships. We work alongside national and state governments to ensure ownership and long-term sustainability.
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Stage 5: Scaling

STiR Education is working towards a world where every child develops a love of lifelong learning. Since 2012, we have reached more than 200,000 teachers and 6 million children across India and Uganda.
Registered in India, Uganda and United Kingdom as Non-Profitin India, Uganda and United Kingdom as Non-Profit

Focus Areas:

Education, Soft or Life Skills, Teacher Development and Training and 3 MoreSEE ALL

Education, Soft or Life Skills, Teacher Development and Training, School-to-Work Transition, Mentoring/Coaching and Human Centered DesignSEE LESS

Implemented In:

India and Uganda

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Countries Implemented In
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Employees

Problem

Children and young people today face a world of ‘unknown unknowns’. To succeed, they will need to develop a love of learning. And education systems need to support them by developing fertile ‘soil’ – the foundations of lifelong learning. This has been recognised in the development plans of many emerging countries. But education systems are failing to address this need. For example, the Confederation of Indian Industry found that more than 50% of school leavers were unemployable.

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Solution

We believe that the most sustainable way to build the foundations of lifelong learning is by reigniting intrinsic motivation at all levels of an education system. We support governments to employ practical strategies that promote positive behaviours in teachers and officials. And in turn, these build the foundations of lifelong learning in children. By addressing this issue at scale and through government systems, we’re able to make a significant impact for less than US $0.50 per child per year.

Target Beneficiaries

India and Uganda are among the world’s largest school systems – serving 600 million young people under the age of 25. The countries are changing rapidly, so inclusive and high-quality education is critical to their future prosperity. This demographic dividend is expected to last for only a little over 20 years, so it's essential that young people are equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will enable them to contribute to a social, economic and political transformation.

Mission and Vision

Reason: education systems today must prepare every child, everywhere, to thrive in a world of ‘unknown unknowns’. Mission: we support education systems to reignite intrinsic motivation in every teacher and official, to role-model the foundations of lifelong learning for every child. Vision: a world where every child develops a love of lifelong learning.

Competitive Advantage

We’re not the only organisation thinking about the skills needed to thrive in the modern world. Many great interventions are focused on directly preparing young people for the workforce of the future. But it can cost hundreds of dollars to prepare a single child after they have left school. And these interventions often come too late. They struggle to achieve sustainability, because they are not role-modelled throughout education systems. We’re doing things differently. By addressing this issue while children are still in school, at scale and through government systems, we’re able to make a significant impact for less than USD $0.50 per child per year. With fertile ‘soil’, we will see ‘seeds’ starting to take root. And by ensuring that these improvements are mirrored at all levels, we can transform the lives of children around the world.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We've seen exciting signs of success. Independent evidence shows significant positive effects of our approach on motivation and effort in teachers and officials, and a strong contribution to student engagement and learning. With strong encouragement from the national government, STiR aims to provide 40 million Indian children with a teacher who loves teaching by 2025. By 2030, STiR hopes to reach 300 million children globally, to make a significant contribution to the achievement of SDG 4.
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted6
New Implemented CountriesEthiopia, Indonesia

The Team Behind the Innovation

STiR has deliberately built a team with backgrounds in the private, public and social sectors. For example, Sharath Jeevan, STiR’s Founder and CEO, was educated at Cambridge and Oxford Universities and received his MBA from INSEAD. He was awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to global education and serves on the Education Commission’s workforce group – the pre-eminent institution, founded by Gordon Brown, looking at the future of global education.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Apr 2014
New Country Implemented In
Uganda
Mar 2012
New Country Implemented In
India
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Funds RaisedPENDING
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Supporting Materials

Global-Jun2020-orientation-null.pdf