The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) offers an educational framework, the International Baccalaureate (IB), which can be adapted as a whole or partially or simultaneously into the local educational systems.

The IBO offers four programmes for students aged 3 to 19. The IB is non-profit foundation registered in Switzerland.

As at 2 April 2020, there were 6,995 programmes offered around the world in 5,278 schools in 158 countries. There has been a 37.9% growth in the number of IB programmes offered worldwide between 2015 and 2019.

The four programmes offered by the IBO are:

  1. Primary Years Programme (PYP): For ages 3 – 12
  2. Middle Years Programme (MYP): For ages 11 – 16
  3. Diploma Programme (DP): For ages 16 -19
  4. Career-Related Programme (CP) For ages 16 -19

The IB aims to develop students critical thinking skills, research skills, communication skills, time management skills and sense of international mindedness, as it puts students though a rigorous and challenging education programme that forces students to think outside the box.

The IB also has an emphasis on independent learning and balanced lifestyle, encouraging community service, creativity, research and physical activity.

The PYP is a primary school aged IB programme designed to develop young students that are active learners as they explore local and global issues. It challenges students to think independently and critically at a young age, whilst developing crucial research and communication skills.

The MYP is a junior high school aged IB programme designed to provide a broad and balanced education for students as they continue to develop their critical thinking and independent learning skills. After finishing the MYP, students are well placed to undertake the IB Diploma Programme or Career-related Programme.

The IB Diploma Programme or IBDP is a programme for students aged 16 – 19 and offers students a pathway to university and employment in the future. It is a balanced programme that continues to nurture student’s independent learning and critical thinking skills.

The CP Programme is a relatively new programme aimed at providing students with career-related education. This programme opens the pathway of apprenticeships or employment as well as further higher education for students. It provides practical, real-world learning for students to help them excel in their future careers.

Overall, the IB is an educational framework that aims to create independent, confident, critical thinkers that are well-balanced, with an emphasis on all-roundedness in students.

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