STIR sees teachers as the solution, not the problem, in addressing the global learning crisis that
affects 250 million children in developing countries today. STIR‚Äôs core mission is to partner with
governments to ignite and sustain teacher intrinsic motivation. We do this in order to improve
classroom practice and student learning, and in the process boost financial efficiency for education
At the core of our approach is the building of teacher networks: local, ongoing communities of
practice. These networks meet physically once a month, and a typical network consists of 30
teachers across 10 or more local schools. Teachers go through an initial two-year structured
development journey where they gain exposure to key teaching principles and are supported to
make tangible change in their classrooms. The networks continue after the two years and provide a
mechanism for teachers to improve in other areas. We form a partnership with an education system
(a state or country) for a period of approximately five years, during which existing officials in the
system are closely trained and supported to run the teacher networks.
In its fifth year of operations STIR is working with 27,000 teachers and 1.1 million children. We have
grown into a vibrant team of over 100 full time staff working across our offices in London, Kampala
and New Delhi, Lucknow and Bangalore.