At STiR we are now reigniting the intrinsic motivation of 200,000 teachers and 6 million children in 70 districts across India and Uganda. 10,000 localised teacher networks are running every month developing autonomy, mastery and purpose among teachers and officials - the drivers of intrinsic motivation.
Contrary to the conventional economic narrative and thinking in our sector, our experience is showing that it is possible for teachers to fall in love with teaching again. And for officials in districts to fall back in love with, and believe in and support, their teachers. All so that children can deeply engage in, and love, the learning process and become lifelong learners.
And all through using existing people and resources and without any financial incentives: independent RCT evidence showed that every dollar into developing intrinsic motivation was giving the government 7 dollars in more teaching effort within a year.
The approach of developing intrinsic motivation through localised teacher and official networks is now run entirely through the government systems and so only costs 50 cents per child per year in India. We seem to have found an at least emerging solution to the global teacher motivation crisis, a first glimmer of hope...