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The IB: a better world through education?

As the International Baccalaureate (IB) celebrates its 50th year, John Claughton reflects on the programme’s history

At our heart we are motivated by a mission to create a better world through education.’

Thus speaks the International Baccalaureate and it has now been saying this for 50 years since its creation 1968. That mission is not some dreamers’ charter. It informs the design of everything that IB offers:  

‘The International Baccalaureate aims to develop young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. IB’s courses encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.’

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