Anyone out there who has children knows how much time and effort has to go into giving them a good education. After all, this is one of the most important things you will ever do.
Most parents would agree that providing a quality education is just the best thing they could do for their kids, as well as being a positive action for the future of the world in general. It might seem like a bit of an exaggeration to say that but by giving your children the best education you can, you are also preparing them to make a more valuable contribution to society in the future. Isn’t that what we all want for our kids?
It is at this point that we could consider whether it is worth taking a look at the International Baccalaureate programme. This is something that has been set up by the not for profit educational organisation of the same name. The lofty goals of the programme include helping students to become more knowledgeable, more caring and more inquisitive. It certainly sounds like a worthwhile approach, so how does it work?
The way it goes about aiming to achieve these goals is to work with schools, governments and various other international organisations to produce challenging material that helps students to develop as people as well as in the sense of learning things. It covers youngsters between the ages of 3 and 19 and has been active since back in 1968. The programme is designed help spur on both personal and academic development in students.
The profile for students who are likely to get involved in this learning method includes traits such as being good communicators, open-minded, caring, reflective and principled. While many students are likely to start out with this kind of personality, the programme aims to help them develop these good points over time.
Almost 4,000 Schools in 147 Countries
Clearly, not all schools offer this way of learning. However, there are a good number of international baccalaureate schools spread across the globe that are part of this scheme. There are participating schools in just about every part of the planet. In the UK there are currently 142 schools in the scheme, while the US has the highest total, with 1,575. The total number of participating schools in the world is currently given as an impressive total of close to 4,000 in 147 different countries.
In fact, as a sign of how this programme is still expanding we can see that new schools in Ecuador have recently become fully authorised. A total of 56 new schools have been added in the Andean country, bringing the total there to 120. Meanwhile, in the UK a brand new assessment centre has just been opened in Cardiff.
If you are interested in finding a school near you or reading about the latest developments then you can find out more on the office site for the International Baccalaureate Programme. There is a lot on information on there that can help to show you more fully what this is all about and whether it could be right for your children.