Stir Education (STIR)
STiR Education is an international NGO that supports education systems to reignite intrinsic motivation in every teacher and official, to role-model the foundations of lifelong learning for every child. It is working towards a world where every child develops a love of lifelong learning. Since 2012, it has reached 200,000 teachers and 6 million children across India and Uganda.
Children and young people today face a world of ‘unknown unknowns’. The world is undergoing rapid changes – socially, economically and technologically. To succeed, children and young people will need to develop a love of learning. And education systems need to support them by building the foundations of lifelong learning. STiR believes that the most sustainable way to build the foundations of lifelong learning is by reigniting intrinsic motivation at all levels of an education system. It supports 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.
The STiR 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 STiR has 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.
2) Reigniting intrinsic motivation at all levels. This is the key ingredient to promote desired behaviours in children, teachers and officials. STiR introduces 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. STiR works alongside national and state governments to ensure ownership and long-term sustainability. This helps to keep costs low - at just $0.50 per child per year.See more