STiR Education (STiR), a not-for-profit organisation focused on supporting state education systems in India since 2012, signed its first corporate supporter in India, IDFC Asset Management Company (AMC). IDFC AMC will help STiR to develop the foundations of lifelong learning in partnership with the governments of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The model has been successfully tested and implemented in Delhi and today reaches 200,000 teachers and six million children across India and Uganda. STiR has set a goal of reaching 10 million teachers and 300 million children worldwide by 2030.
Vishal Kapoor, CEO at IDFC AMC, said “At IDFC AMC, we believe that children are the future of our country and ensuring that every child has access to education is vital for a growing economy. Teachers play an essential role in shaping these young minds, but they do not have a platform to share ideas and learn from each other. We found that STiR Education’s work of empowering teachers to create a force for change within their chosen profession addresses this unique challenge and can be scaled up to create maximum impact. IDFC AMC is glad to be the first corporate partner for STiR Education in India and look forward to collaborating through multiple initiatives across various schools in the country.”
STiR CEO Sharath Jeevan said, “We welcome IDFC AMC, the first domestic corporate donor for our work in India. We’re thrilled that they have chosen to invest in our activities in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. We’re really looking forward to working and learning together towards a future where every child is set up to be a lifelong learner, able to thrive in a fast-changing world.”
The core of STiR’s approach is local teacher networks – groups of 20 to 30 teachers that meet each month and gain exposure to evidence-based ideas for improving their teaching practice. The networks strengthen connections between peers, laying the foundation for mutual support and sustainable improvement. STiR works directly with district or regional government officials, who train and support school leaders to run these networks. This approach is designed to develop strong role-modelling and trusting relationships at all levels of an education system, and to maximise ownership and sustainability from governments. The STiR team works at district, state and national levels to ensure buy-in from senior officials and alignment with government policy priorities.