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International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

What is an IB education?

An IB education is the result of a dynamic interaction between IB learners (who), teaching and learning in the IB (how), global contexts for teaching and learning (why) and the pursuit of significant knowledge and understanding (what). The IB’s philosophy of education is informed by research and by over 40 years of practical experience in international education. This philosophy remains open to reflection and review; the IB has always championed a stance of critical engagement with challenging ideas, one that both values the past and remains open to innovation.

IB 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.


IB philosophy in the MYP

This philosophy, framed in What is an IB education? (2013), is expressed through all aspects of the MYP. The programme has been developed with developmentally appropriate attention to:
  • conceptual understanding
  • teaching and learning in context
  • approaches to learning (ATL)
  • service as action (community service)
  • language and identity
  • learning diversity and inclusion.