What is the International Baccalaureate
It is a non-profit educational and non-governmental (NGO) organization of
UNESCO. It was established in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is governed
by a 16-member council and is funded by fees from IB World Schools. The IBO
offers three programs of international education for students aged 3-19 years
o The Diploma Programme (DP) at the high school level (grades 11-12).
o The Middle Years Programme (MYP) (students 11-16 years old).
o The Primary Years Programme (PYP) (for students 3-12 years old).
The programmes are available in 3,671 schools in 146 countries reaching over
1,134,000 students aged 3 to 19 years
What’s the IBO Mission?
“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
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.”
The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who,
recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help
to create a better and more peaceful world.
What does it mean to be internationally minded?
According to the IB, an “internationally minded” person is someone who
demonstrates the attributes of the “Learner Profile.”
The Learner Profile Attributes are:
Inquirers—I am curious and know how to discover answers to many of my questions
. I love to learn!
Thinkers—I use my thinking skills to make good choices and solve problems.
Communicators—I understand and share ideas in more than one language.
Risk Takers—I try new things, love to explore, and confidently share my
Knowledgeable—I explore big ideas that are important. I know and can do a lot
of important things.
Principled—I am fair and honest. I can make good decisions about what is right
and wrong for me.
Caring—I am concerned about other people’s needs and feelings. I believe it is
important to help others. Open-Minded—I am comfortable with differences. I
welcome and respect other people’s points of views and ways of doing things.
Balanced—To be healthy, it is important for me to balance the needs of my mind
Reflective—I think about and discuss my learning, skills, and products.
How does the IB PYP teach students to be internationally minded?
Through teaching and modeling the “Learner Profile.” Regardless of the IB
school your child may attend, these characteristics or “Learner Profile” remain the
same—foundational to the IB learning experience.