The International Baccalaureate (IB) has partnered with Generation Global, the educational programme of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, to support educators by introducing intercultural dialogue to their learners.
In a time where nurturing global-mindedness, empathy, and effective communication is critical for young people to navigate complex global challenges, this partnership introduces an innovative approach, making dialogue a fundamental teaching practice across the IB curriculum.
As part of this collaboration, Generation Global has developed engaging and interactive activities for teaching dialogue that are suitable for both formal and non-formal educators. These activities are available to educators at no cost through IB Exchange. In this interactive professional learning platform, IB educators can access resources, cultivate peer connections, and elevate their expertise by contributing their teaching and learning insights within a global network of educators.
By integrating these activities into their learning communities and subject areas, IB educators will delve into the concepts and practices of intercultural dialogue and learn how to create an atmosphere of safety, bravery, empathy, and confidence for their students. IB Exchange is a safe and inclusive space where educators can collaborate and share conversations with like-minded professionals from around the globe. The platform provides a diversity of approaches to support IB educators to personalize the curricular framework to their school’s unique needs.
“This is an exciting collaboration between Generation Global and the International Baccalaureate. Through this partnership, educators in IB schools will gain skills to facilitate meaningful dialogues, fostering a new generation of globally conscious, empathetic, and socially aware young people,” said Lucy Hayter, Director of Generation Global at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.
Generation Global and the International Baccalaureate are committed to benefiting more than 19,000 educators that are currently using IB Exchange and the entire IB community comprised of 1.95 million students and 5,700 schools across 160 countries. The collaboration aims to create a range of educational resources to enhance dialogue-based learning within the IB framework, sharing fundamental skill-building activities and micro-learning modules for educators’ professional development.
“The IB is pleased to collaborate with Generation Global to advance intercultural dialogue as an important part of the IB curriculum, fostering global-mindedness and empathy among our students. As this approach is shared with IB educators throughout the world it will undoubtedly enhance the tools available for skills development in the classroom,” said, Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General at the International Baccalaureate.