IB at a Glance
Founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB)
offers high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community
of schools. The IB 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 IB works with schools, governments
and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international
education and rigorous assessment. These programs 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 IB Learner Profile
The IB learner profile is the IB
mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes
for the 21st century. IB learners strive to be:
We nurture our
curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and
research. We know how to learn independently and
with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain
our love of learning throughout life.
We develop and use
conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across
a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and
ideas that have local and global significance.
We use critical and
creative thinking skills to analyse and take
responsible action on complex problems. We exercise
initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
We express ourselves
confidently and creatively in more than one language
and in many ways. We collaborate effectively,
listening carefully to the perspectives of other
individuals and groups.
We act with integrity
and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and
justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights
of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our
actions and their consequences.
We critically appreciate
our own cultures and personal histories, as well as
the values and traditions of others. We seek and
evaluate a range of points of view, and we are
willing to grow from the experience.
We show empathy,
compassion and respect. We have a commitment to
service, and we act to make a positive difference in
the lives of others and in the world around us.
We approach uncertainty
with forethought and determination; we work
independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas
and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and
resilient in the face of challenges and change.
We understand the
importance of balancing different aspects of our
lives intellectual, physical, and emotional to
achieve well being for ourselves and others. We
recognize our interdependence with other people and
with the world in which we live.
We thoughtfully consider
the world and our own ideas and experience. We work
to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order
to support our learning and personal development.
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