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Filed on November 14, 2019
The IB curriculum encourages students to develop open minds, and focus on research and self-development

IB redefines global education so that students are better equipped to tackle challenges of an ever-evolving world

There are many factors that define the youth of this generation, a prominent feature being their attitude, which is incomparable to those from yesteryears. Evolving technology, diversification and progressive environments continue to mould them into smarter, more conscious and decisive individuals.

In a global world, students require guidance beyond textbooks and classrooms, intertwined with personal, emotional and social development. These are just as essential as academic excellence in order to thrive and face a transitioning world of challenges. 

Catering to this need, the multi-cultural environment in the UAE adopted the Switzerland-based International Baccalaureate (IB), which is gaining attention for its uniquely designed courses that promote creativity and encourage students to adapt a critical mode of thinking.

According to the International Baccalaureate Educational Foundation, over 6,500 programmes are offered worldwide, across 5,000-plus countries in 157 countries. Out of this, IB education has been active in the UAE since 1992, and the curriculum is offered in 48 schools, with programmes covering primary years, middle years, diploma, and career.

Each cater to different age groups for a more concentrated approach, where children as young as three years old are enrolled for an early start and the oldest are 19 years of age. 

Gone are the days of passing knowledge, facts and theory down one-way from teacher to student. The IB programme encourages both teachers and students to take on an interactive style of learning that opens up routes for in-depth discussions and a hands-on approach to education. 

Teachers further take on the role of mentors, inspiring students to make decisions and select their own topics for special projects so that they are better involved in their subjects. 

Educators in IB strongly focus on research and writing, and note that peers stand as a role model of learning. Students are expected to develop critical thinking, which would later assist them in advanced university courses and real world scenarios. 

This, paired with evolving digital technologies, would help shape students into competitive and productive adults of tomorrow. 

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Farhana Chowdhury

Raised in Dubai, Farhana is an avid writer and traveller with a strong interest in Japanese and Korean culture. Her hobbies revolve around anime, PVC figures, and cosplay.


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