An overview of the IB in Africa

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In 2017, the IB celebrated its 40th anniversary of offering the IB programme in Africa. The first school in Africa offered an IB programme in 1977 in Tanzania, and today there are 255 IB programmes offered by 155 schools in 32 countries across the continent.

Rapid economic growth across the continent coupled with a young population gives the IB a chance to establish itself as the education of choice for students looking for high-quality international education.

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Statistics on IB World Schools in Africa

In 1977, the International School of Moshi Ltd, in Tanzania, became the first IB World School in Africa when it introduced the Diploma Programme (DP). In 2007, it also introduced the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Primary Years Programme (PYP).

Today, 32 African countries offer IB programmes. These schools represent a cross-section of schools from private international schools, state-sponsored to full-scholarship schools serving the marginalized segments of society. Egypt has the highest number of IB World Schools in Africa with a total of 31, followed by Morocco with 15 IB World Schools. In sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana and South Africa both have 12 IB World Schools, Kenya has 11, Tanzania has 6, and Nigeria has 5 IB World Schools.

There are a number of groups of schools operating IB World Schools across Africa like The Aga Khan Academies, Enko Education and ADvTECH Group.

The Aga Khan Academies is an integrated network of 18 co-educational K-12 residential schools (Africa, Central and South Asia and the Middle East). In Africa, the academies which offer IB programmes are in Uganda, Mozambique, Kenya and Tanzania.

There are two state-sponsored IB World Schools in Egypt:

  • The Egyptian International School in El Marag sponsored by École Oasis Internationale and it is PYP authorized and an MYP candidate.
  • The Egyptian International School sponsored by Green Land Pré Vert International Schools and it is PYP authorized and an MYP candidate.

Enko Education is a fast-growing network of African International Schools, helping to increase access to universities. With 12 schools across Africa, Enko Education aims to open 30 more schools in at least 20 African countries over the next five years.

ADvTECH Group has 8 IB schools under the name Crawford International in South Africa.

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