We are working on becoming an IB Candidate school next school year 2020/2021.
The aim of introducing an IB international program into our school is to improve the quality of education through the standards and procedures used in IB. The IB offers a continuum of three international educational programmes. The programmes encourage personal and academic achievement and challenge students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.
IB is more than just educational programs and certificates. At the heart of IB is a mission that motivates and creates a better world through education. IB has a high quality reputation with high standards and good pedagogical guidance. The aim of IB is to achieve good cooperation with partners and to actively involve all stakeholders (teachers, pupils, management, parents, and all staff working at school). IB promotes intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in this century.
The IB Program aims is to develop curious, informed and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To achieve this IB works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop international education and rigorous assessment. IB programs encourage students from all over the world to become active, tolerant students interested in lifelong learning who understand that other people can be right with their differing views.
International Baccalaureate offers high quality international education programs in a worldwide school community.In 1968 the first programme offered by the IB, the Diploma Programme, was established. It sought to provide a challenging yet balanced education that would facilitate geographic and cultural mobility by providing an internationally recognized university entrance qualification that would also serve the deeper purpose of promoting intercultural understanding and respect.
With the introduction of the Middle Years Programme in 1994 and the Primary Years Programme in 1997, the IB identified a continuum of international education for students aged 3 to 19. The introduction of the IB Career-related Programme in 2012 enriched this continuum by providing a choice of international education pathways for 16 to 19 year old students. There are currently more than 876,000 IB students and 5000 IB schools in 138 countries.
What makes IB unique?
IB program structure can also work effectively with national curriculum in all age groups. More than 50% of IB world schools are funded by the state.
IB programs differ from other curricula because:
- They encourage students of all ages to think critically and work cooperatively.
- They develop independently of government and national systems, including research quality practice and the global school community.
- They encourage students of all ages to be interested in local and global contexts.
- They develop multilingual students.
IB schools usually provide a continuum of education consisting of four programs, linked by a single IB philosophy and approaches to teaching and learning. The programs are designed to encourage students’ personal and academic achievements and encourage them to perform well in their studies and personal development.
The basis of IB education is that students learn how to learn. Throughout all programs, students develop their approaches to learning and develop their personal profile by using the Learner Profiles.
Students take responsibility for learning and try different approaches to learning and take responsibility for their progress in education, can ask challenging questions, think critically, develop research skills that have proven to be an excellent tool for higher education. IB students are also encouraged to be active in society and to use their knowledge in real life.
A global evaluation study of international schools showed that students in the Primary Years Program (PYP) and Middle Years Program (MYP) were rated better than other students. Further research suggests that after completing the Diploma Program (DP), students will complete their studies faster than their colleagues, feel better prepared to study at universities and better manage the workload and time management challenges.
The implementation of IB international programs is a response to the changing social situation, to the new European dimension in education, as well as to the demands of parents who are internationally mobile and need a compatible education for their children. The implementation of these programs needs creative teachers who work on creating new curricula, use modern assessment methods and forms of work, and have an excellent knowledge of English. Each program brings new approaches to education.
The mission of the International Baccalaureate is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The IB framework is student-centered, emphasizing a constructivistic approach to knowledge and real world local and global contexts for learning. Through the organization’s philosophy, its Learner Profile, and its Approaches to Learning, the IB framework is designed to develop the academic, physical, and personal potential of each child.
An IB education further enhances the development of international-mindedness through multilingualism. All IB programmes require the students to study, or study in, more than one language because we believe that communicating in more than one language provides excellent opportunities to develop intercultural understanding and respect. It helps the students to appreciate that his or her own language, culture and worldview is just one of many.
“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.” (from www.ibo.org/)