May 11, 2015
The summit also introduced 123 micro innovations selected through a rigorous process by their partners, teachers and experts.
New Delhi: While it is believed that the education system in India is the backbone of the country’s growth and development, there is a substantial challenge around achieving quality for the majority of our children. STIR, in its efforts to build a national movement of teacher changemakers who can improve learning for children, brought together aprox 800 teachers from affordable private schools and government schools from the states of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Rajasthan and Odisha, partners and senior government officials from over 12 states across the country were present to kickstart the beginnings of a national movement.
It also recently released a guide which introduces 123 micro innovations selected through a rigorous process by their partners, teachers and experts.
STIR Education, a not-for-profit organization works closely with teachers and principals to develop the’ 3 Is’ of being a teacher changemaker – Ignite: reigniting the motivational spark in teachers, Integrate-integrating evidence-based teaching practices and Ingrain- where teachers will take increasing ownership of their own professional development. All this is geared to achieve a high quality education for all of India’s children.
The STIR Teacher Changemakers Summit was successfully organized in Bengaluru and Lucknow recently which saw hundreds of teachers from Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Telangana and Karnataka participating in Bengaluru Summit and approx 1000 teachers from Uttar Pradesh participating in the Lucknow Summit.
Speaking on the occasion and encouraging the gathering of teachers Sharath, Founder and CEO, STIR said, "We are so excited to see thousands of our teacher changemakers come together from across 15 states in India for the STIR Teacher Changemaker Summits. We hope it will create deeper collaboration between our teachers to improve learning for their children across India."
Teacher Changemakers first summit that kickstarted last year, has been able to bring a phenomenal response amongst community members and stakeholders. The summit, this year has provided an excellent platform for STIR teacher changemakers from 12 different Indian states to exhibit their micro-innovations (low-cost, replicable practices to improve learning) in teaching.
There was also an activity around using evidence-based practices to improve learning in the classroom. Teachers and principals also talked about various opportunities and discussed remarkable examples of school to school collaboration. The event also saw the launch of the Chalk Walk- in September and October, 10,000 teachers across India and Uganda are walking a collective 10,000 miles to visit each other’s classrooms and schools.
India is faced with a bitter reality –that the quality of education for the majority of India’s 240 million children remains one of the biggest challenges facing the post-2015 international development agenda. The flow of education-related capital, human resources, training and oversight to disadvantaged rural and urban communities lag far behind the curve.
Sharath further added, “This summit is a first step of building a movement of teacher changemakers and unlocking the potential of teachers. I wish every changemaker here the best in their future accomplishments and hope that they continue to inspire the world in the same manner”.