Director General Olli-Pekka Heinonen arrived in Madrid on Monday, where he and Maripe Menendez, Head of Ibero-America Development and Recognition at the IB, met with the Regional Minister of Education for the State of Madrid Enrique Ossorio amongst many other government and school leaders. During that meeting, Minister Ossorio declared Madrid's commitment to expanding IB programmes in the public school system starting this year, 2022.
Enrique Ossorio, Regional Minister of Education, said that “the MYP will allow students aged 12 to 16 to connect their learning to the real world. The IB Diploma gives access to the most prestigious universities in the world, and the state of Madrid has more than 500 students benefiting from this international programme”.
Olli-Pekka Heinonen noted, “it’s part of our mission to foster access to an IB education. It’s excellent news to learn that the MYP will be part of the Madrid education offering at public schools. It was a pleasure to share our vision with the Madrid educational authorities, and I’m looking forward to the IB being part of improving learning opportunities for students in Madrid”.
This announcement reaffirms the strong relations between Spain and the IB. For over 45 years, IB programmes have been offered in Spain, empowering Spanish students to thrive and make a difference.