In 2019 the IB partnered with the University of the People (UoPeople) to launch a tuition-free, online Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree to decrease costs and increase accessibility to exemplary teacher education programs.
Since then, the IB has awarded 228 scholarships to provide teachers with greater access to advanced degrees in education.
The M.Ed. degree reflects the IB's approaches to teaching and learning and provides in-depth knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to support student-directed inquiry, interdisciplinary learning and critical thinking. These scholarships aim to support inspiring educators and help them reach the next stage in their careers, especially those who demonstrate a solid commitment to their own local communities, lifelong learning and the IB pedagogy.
Awardee Tolulope Makinde from Anointed Foundation International School in Nigeria noted:
"I had almost given up on my pursuit to further my studies in master's in education until I received the IB scholarship for UoPeople. I am so excited that my long-awaiting dream has come to reality. I look forward to completing my master's programme to equip me for my career and professional development. My mission is to transform education in Africa to promote employability and entrepreneurship and equip the youth with future-focused skills relevant to the 21st-century workplace".
These fully funded scholarships represent a collaborative effort and commitment to address the global shortage of quality educators worldwide and fill the global need for more than 69 million teaching positions by 2030, as estimated by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) to meet United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4).
Applications for the IB's University of the People scholarship reopened on 11 July and will close on 9 September 2022.