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.
The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded
people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the
planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. IB learners strive to
Inquirers: They develop their natural curiosity. They
acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show
independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of
learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
Knowledgeable: They explore concepts, ideas and issues that
have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth
knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of
Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinking
skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems,
and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
Communicators: They understand and express ideas and
information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a
variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in
collaboration with others.
Principled: They act with integrity and honesty, with a
strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the
individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own
actions and the consequences that accompany them.
Open-minded: They understand and appreciate their own
cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and
traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking
and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the
Caring: They show empathy, compassion and respect towards
the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service,
and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the
Risk-takers: They approach unfamiliar situations and
uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit
to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in
defending their beliefs.
Balanced: They understand the importance of intellectual,
physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves
Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own
learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths
and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
Reference: IBO website