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New project aims to reward, encourage teaching innovations

delhi Updated: Sep 06, 2012 00:22 IST
Khimi Thapa
Khimi Thapa
Hindustan Times
Khimi Thapa

Teachers who use handkerchief to teach geometric angles or doors to teach trigonometry and innovate all the time to make learning fun.

This is something that any student dreams about.

Now, a new project — STIR (Schools & Teachers Innovating for Results) Education — has been launched on a pilot basis to identify, test and measure the work of the most innovative teachers and schools serving underprivileged children in Delhi.

The selection process has three stages — a visit by the STIR team to the school, an interview and an assessment at a centre where teachers will be asked to present their ideas to their peers and to a distinguished national and international panel.

"Successful candidates will benefit from a world-class, intensive 15-month training and support programme that will be delivered by experts from all sectors," said Annie Natarajan, country director, India, and founding member of STIR Education.

"A lot of innovation is happening in the classrooms and these low-cost innovations can play a leading role in improving education standards. These ideas are low cost and are already happening in the system, so there is no reason why they couldn't be scaled up widely — across Delhi, across the country and internationally," said Siddharth Singh, STIR's Delhi director.

A pilot project in East Africa is being planned for 2013.

Schools and teachers who successfully complete the programme will also receive the prestigious STIR Innovative-School and Teacher-Innovator award.

The applications opened on July 9 and closes on September 14. One can register online at and arrange a visit to a school by the STIR team.

Till date the STIR team has visited over 200 schools and received over 160 applications.

The scheme has the backing of international bodies, with organisations such as the World Bank, DFID, Stanford University, British Council, Microsoft and Pearson Education represented on its advisory board.