IB World - September 2011
The IB has enjoyed many milestones, but the graduation of its first official cohort in 1971 was one of the most poignant. It is 40 years since those self-professed ‘guinea pigs’ sat their exams and we set out to track down three of them to see what influence the Diploma Programme had on their lives. You can read the results on page 20.
Today’s IB community is bigger than those early graduates could even have dreamed. But increasing opportunity for students to study the programmes remains central to the IB mission and forms the central theme of this issue. The shocking statistics about primary school drop-outs in Africa remind us how vital education is in the developing world. But more prosaically, there are inequalities and different levels of access to quality learning to be found almost everywhere.
The IB cannot solve these challenges alone. But its worldwide community should play a part in the conversation. On page 14, we highlight some of the approaches being adopted. Thanks to these initiatives, graduates 40 years from now are likely to be more numerous, and diverse, than ever.
Robert Jeffery, editor
September 2011 articles
The class of 1971
Forty years ago, the first students to officially complete the IB Diploma Programme were celebrating their graduation. IB World tracked down three of them and asked them what happened next…
Time to shine
How official initiatives, far-sighted schools and single-minded pioneers are offering a new generation the chance of an IB education
Education for Everyone
Using the power of technology and their enthusiasm for learning, these four educators are at the forefront of increasing access to an IB education in their diverse communities. So how – and why – are they doing it?
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