Farewell to our 50th year, and thank you to our incredible IB community

As 2018 draws to a close, we would like to thank the IB community globally for the amazing work they do every day, and at this time particularly to say thank you for how special you made the IB’s 50th anniversary.

From its founding in Geneva in 1968 to its current status as a global international education organization active in over 150 countries, the IB’s mission has always been inspired, driven and strengthened by its community of educators, students and supporters.

In 2018 we had the chance to see educators and students alike thank the IB educator who had inspired them in the #weareIB campaign.

Later in the year, the #generationIB campaign brought students from all ages and backgrounds together to tackle challenges involving the environment, education, health and migration. Students asked questions, fostered community and leadership in their groups, and came up with solutions to some of humanity’s greatest challenges. We are immensely proud of the way IB students consistently seek to apply their learning to improve the world around them.

We celebrated IB educators at three IB Global Conferences in Vienna, San Diego and Singapore, and we look forward to three more exciting and enriching Global Conferences in 2019 in Hong Kong, New Orleans and Abu Dhabi.

We published our 50th anniversary book, “50 years of education for a better world”, that gathers together some wonderful stories from the IB community stretching right back to the beginning. We also published a special edition of IB World Magazine.

We were honoured to be joined along the way by four wonderfully impressive alumni who have gone on to change the world in their own unique way – journalist Aernout van Lynden, activist Maryam al-Ammari, musician Falana, and astronaut Akihiko Hoshide – who told their IB stories beautifully, and offered encouragement to current IB students.

And finally to round off the year, we had a 24-hour social media event where schools in almost all of the world’s time zones sent us their personal #happybirthdayIB messages to share on Twitter and Instagram.

The IB would like to thank all of our community for making this year, like every other year, a special celebration of education to create a better world. We look forward to more inspiring collaborations in 2019.

Impressions of the IB's 50th anniversary