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Teacher Changemaker Movement named a 2015 WISE Awards Finalist project

Teacher Changemaker Movement is one of fifteen projects chosen by WISE for providing compelling and innovative solutions to today’s most pressing challenges in education

New Delhi, June 04, 2015 – STIR Education, working in India and Uganda, is delighted to announce it has been named a 2015 WISE Awards Finalist.Inaugurated by Qatar Foundation in 2009, under the leadership of its Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the WISE Awards identify and promote the most innovative and effective approaches to key current global education challenges.

Offering real-world solutions, the WISE Awards Finalist projects represent concrete examples of best educational practices benefitting individuals and communities at large. Addressing a large spectrum of issues in all environments the projects can provide a source of inspiration for others all over the world.

“We are honoured to be shortlisted for WISE. We appreciate the award’s recognition of the 10,000 teacher changemakers working across India and Uganda, who have the courage to lead this movement of change in their classrooms and communities. We hope their example will spark a genuine teacher movement for change and impact millions of children across the developing world”, says Mr Sharath Jeevan, CEO & Founder of STIR Education.

STIR Education is a teacher-led movement to improve children’s learning in developing countries. STIR Education reignites the spark in teachers and empowers them to be committed, skilful and influential changemakers – so they can improve their own teaching, as well as contribute to this wider movement. In doing so, STIR Education seeks to help reclaim the moral purpose of teaching and its status as the most noble of professions. As of 2015, there are 10,000 teachers in the changemaker movement impacting over 450,000 children. Initial impact indicates significant improvements in key teacher and student level indicators including attendance, classroom practises, time on task, student learning levels in sample STIR Education networks. The model lends itself to sustainable scale through an innovative ‘STIR Inside’ approach that is fully and deeply embedded into existing NGO/ Government structures. STIR partner organisations receive training, support and certification from STIR to embed our methodology into their programmes so they can achieve an increasingly powerful impact on teacher motivation and practise, and children’s learning over time. By 2017, STIR Education aims to have 30,000 teachers in the movement impacting 1 million children, and by 2024 a movement of 1 million teacher changemakers impacting learning for over 40 million children

“This year the WISE Awards Finalists again demonstrate how sustainable, creative solutions help overcome barriers to education and transform lives everywhere. These grass roots efforts are having a positive impact on their communities. Our role at WISE is to help disseminate excellence in education on a global scale”, said Stavros N. Yiannouka, Chief Executive Officer of WISE.

The WISE Awards Finalist projects, evaluated by a Pre-Jury of internationally recognized education experts, demonstrated innovative thinking and a concrete impact on communities and societies, as well as a potential to be replicated in other contexts and regions.

The six winning projects will be announced in September and celebrated at the seventh World Innovation Summit for Education, November 3-5, 2015, in Doha, Qatar. In addition to publicity and networking opportunities, each will receive $20,000 (US).

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