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Creating a better world through education

Imagine a worldwide community of schools, educators and students with a shared mission to empower young people with the values, knowledge and skills necessary to create a better and more peaceful world…  Well, this isn’t imaginary. This is the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Since 1968, IB programmes have enabled students to make sense of the world around them. They them the skills they need for taking responsible action for the future.

IB is cross disciplinary… It goes beyond~~,~~ cultural, national and geographical boundaries. It champions critical engagement and~~,~~ stimulates ideas and meaningful relationships.

IB does all this and it provides a recognized qualification for entering universities all over the world.

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) was introduced in 1994 and later the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in 1997. In 2012 the Career-related Programme (CP) opened pathways for 16- to 19-year-old students to go to university. Together, these programmes make for a continual international education for children aged 3 to 19 years old and can be implemented independently or all together they’re underpinned by shared values… Students who are lifelong learners and able not only to make sense but also positively affect our complex and interconnected world.

And what better to sum this all up than by reading IB’s mission statement:

“The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

Written primarily for educators, what is an IB education? IB is…

  1. International-mindedness
  2. The IB learner profile
  3. A broad, balanced, conceptual and connected curriculum

An approach to teaching and learning

Luz Avila

IB Coordinator