Partnership | STIR Education & eVeltio TEN
Introducing a collaboration between STIR education and eVeltio TEN to bring innovations in education, closer to you.
As students of senior classes, Teachers’ Day was really a day for us to play dress-up and run the classrooms for that day; be a teacher. For the juniors it wasn’t any different except that things were a little bit casual than every other day.
I recall our principal’s speech on one Teachers’ Day, where he urged us to step in to the teacher’s shoes and experience what it really means to be a teacher. It has been many years since that day, but we know now that it is not easy to be a teacher.
Wishing all our teachers a very Happy Teachers’ Day!
eVeltio TEN has long supported a community of teachers to help themselves through engagement and sharing of knowledge and best practices. For a while now, eVeltio TEN has been doing this by bringing you curated and contextualised resources that you can use.
On this felicitous day, we are taking the next big step.
We are very excited, and proud to announce a partnership with STIR Education, an NGO with a mission is to improve the quality of education by empowering teachers and principals in India and East Africa. STIR believes that as the people closest to the challenges of providing all children a high quality education, teachers and principals are uniquely placed to lead change in the education system and should be supported and recognised for doing so.
STIR Education is founded by Sharath Jeevan, who was earlier founding CEO of Teaching Leaders and of globalgiving.co.uk; head of social ventures at eBay UK; a project leader at international strategy consultants Booz & Co; and a senior manager at NGO Action Aid. According to Mr. Jeevan,
“STIR believes in the central importance of motivating and empowering teachers and harnessing their innovation to improve educational outcomes and quality.We believe in inspiring and recognising them and their micro-innovations, networking them effectively with like-minded peers, and providing them access to further opportunities to improve quality. In doing so we hope to bring teachers back to a central role in raising standards and creating education reform.”
Read the full article on The New York Times.
STIR adopts a three-staged approach to harness school and teacher innovation:
- Run a search for ‘micro-innovations’ developed by teachers and principals to improve the quality of education in their classrooms and schools and select and share those with the greatest potential to improve education quality;
- Invite teachers to join a ‘Teachers’ Innovation Networks’ to collaborate with and learn from a group of like-minded colleagues who are also committed to leading improvement in the school system.
- Create a menu of ‘next step’ services – additional training and school improvement opportunities provided by partner organisations – for teachers and schools.
Through these steps, STIR is building an ecosystem of schools, teachers and service providers to improve educational outcomes of children in India.
Here’s a short video introducing the voices of teachers, who have been a part of the STIR initiative
In the coming weeks, STIR Education and eVeltio TEN will publish a series of these micro-innovations for you to know what’s possible, try them out, ask questions, and share similar ideas that can be taken to scale. Further, as a school or as a teacher, if you have developed strategies that can be used by other schools and teachers, we’d be very proud to feature your work on eVeltio TEN, and share it with other teachers around the world.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to use the comment space at the end of this article, or write to us using the Contact Form.
The partnership with STIR Education has given an extra boost to our initiative, and we hope that you too will join this community and support our initiative to empower teachers, because every teacher matters.
Not just today; everyday!
Once again, best wishes on Teachers’ Day from the eVeltio TEN team and partners.