IB Day Pakistan welcomes new Chief Education Officer


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The International Baccalaureate welcomed new Chief Education Officer Dr Shehzad Jeeva at IB Day Pakistan, promoting international education and curriculum development in the country.

Last week, the IB celebrated IB Day Pakistan with keynote speaker Dr Shehzad Jeeva who joined the IB as Chief Education Officer in January 2024. Having served as the CEO of the Aga Khan University Examination Board since 2014 and the recipient of the Award of Distinction in 2022, he brings several years of leadership achievement to the IB, leading the way to promote high-quality education and curriculum development in IB communities worldwide.

To celebrate his new role, Pakistani-born Dr Shehzad Jeeva made his first public appearance at the IB Day in Lahore, Pakistan, on 24 February. The event, in partnership with the Association of IB World Schools in Pakistan (IBPAK), brought together new and existing IB schools, government officials, universities, and education enthusiasts to explore the world of IB education and its impact on the academic landscape in Pakistan.

"Today, we stand at the cusp of a new era in education in Pakistan, where the IB's mission aligns seamlessly with our national educational goals, fostering learners who are knowledgeable, responsible, and pluralistic," said Dr Jeeva.

Mr Waseem Ajmal Chaudhry, Secretary, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Government of Pakistan attended as the chief guest at the IB Day. Chaudhry highlighted the government's support for IB programmes, underscoring their importance in elevating the standard of education in Pakistan. "Our collaboration with the IB is a testament to our commitment to providing world-class education to our youth, preparing them for global challenges," Chaudhry said.

The IB Day promised an enlightening experience, providing insights into the benefits of IB education and its global recognition. Participants engaged with distinguished speakers and experts who shared valuable information on the implementation of IB programmes in Pakistan.

Pakistan is the world's fifth most populated nation, and it’s growing fast. The IB has existed in Pakistan since 1996, now with more than 55 programmes offered and more than 32 authorized schools and hopes to continue this growth in the region. The IB Day Pakistan event is key to generating more awareness of the IB’s holistic approach to education, including inquiry-based learning tactics and focuses on multilingualism and well-being.