IB stories

Over the past 50 years we’ve been proud to work with a community of inspiring people around the world. Our dedicated IB World Schools, students and teachers make a difference every day with the skills and qualities developed through teaching and learning in IB programmes. Here we share some of the highlights from students, schools and IB staff as they help make the world a better place through education.

George Rupp, Chair of the IB Board of Governors

As we approach a milestone in the history of the IB - our 50th anniversary – we’ll be speaking to many members of our worldwide community to hear their views on the role of the IB in our increasingly complex world and where they would like to see the IB heading in the next 50 years. To kick-start this series, we spoke to George Rupp, Chair of IB Board of Governors.

Leading economist works to reduce global poverty

One of the first people in the world to study the IB Diploma Programme was Shanta Devarajan, Senior Director for Development Economics at the World Bank. Shanta works to end extreme poverty in some of the most deprived parts of the world.

Raising awareness of humanitarian causes

A graduate of the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy, Marina Catena works with European governments and foundations as director of the World Food Programme.

A lifelong love of language learning

Rosetta Stone CEO Tom Adams studied at St. Clares, Oxford, where the IB Diploma Programme opened his eyes to the power of multilingualism. 

The Swim for Life project

The United Nations International School of Hin Hanoi, Vietnam, launched a swimming programme in 2006 with the Ministry of Education and Training to help combat a public health issue. Up to 100 children learn to swim through the programme each academic year, empowering the community and students alike.

Why international education is needed now more than ever

The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who will help create a more peaceful world. So if everyone were internationally-educated, would the world be a better place? Here, Robert Harrison from the IB talks about the important role education plays in creating a beacon of hope and positive change for the next generation.

The power of social and emotional learning

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) aims to prepare students to participate effectively in the world around them, which includes developing their social and emotional competencies. In this feature, former teacher Jenny Mosley looks at how her ‘Golden Model’ of learning supports this aim.