To strengthen a large and growing community of IB World Schools and the mission we share, the International Baccalaureate® initiated the IB community theme in 2007. Based on the theme “Sharing our humanity,” the project provided focus for the IB and for IB World Schools.
The IB community focused on five issues:
- Education for all
- Peace and conflict
- Global infectious diseases
- Digital divide (access to technology)
- Disasters and emergencies
(High Noon by JF Rischard, 2002)
This three-year project inspired a renewed emphasis on the IB’s engagement with global issues.
Global engage website
As part of the Community Theme project, the IB launched a web site to support schools, to capture the excellent initiatives underway across the world, and to encourage and inspire reflection and action—both in and out of the classroom.
Now renamed, the Global engage web site supports members of the IB community, and particularly teachers, in engaging with wide-ranging issues of global significance. On the site, you will find information, resources, and links to other organizations; suggestions for getting involved; and reports of actions taken by IB World Schools.
Visit Global engage, where you can register and submit your school’s experience with working to make the world a better place. It’s an easy and effective way to unite our work and build connections across the IB community.
Disasters and emergencies
With IB World Schools in over 140 countries, members of the IB community often face personal and institutional challenges in the face of human and natural catastrophe. Schools and individuals often want to learn more, and frequently they respond generously and creatively to the needs of friends and colleagues around the world.
Here are some key resources:
Global Disaster and Alert and Coordination System near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world and tools to facilitate response coordination.
ReliefWeb reliable and relevant information and analysis to help make sense of humanitarian crises worldwide.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure coherent response to emergencies.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies the world's largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.