What do we believe international education to be?
A driving force behind the PYP is a deeply held philosophy about the nature of international education, a philosophy expressed in the statements that follow. Firstly, the mission statement of the IB expresses the IB’s overall purpose as an organization promoting and developing programmes of international education. Secondly, the section “International-mindedness: the PYP perspective” sets out our beliefs and values as defined by the outcomes of student learning in PYP schools. The IB defines this learning through a learner profile that encompasses the aims of the curriculum.
Additionally, this section goes on to identify policies and practices within our schools that are worth examining and developing further as we strive to become ever more internationally minded communities of learners.
The mission statement of the International Baccalaureate
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.
Source: Making the PYP happen: A curriculum framework for international primary education (2009)