The IB celebrates 25 years of the PYP

The IB is celebrating 25 years of the Primary Years Programme (PYP). Learn how to get involved below and celebrate together.

The PYP was introduced by the IB in 1997 to develop caring, active lifelong learners. The curriculum followed almost a decade of development which began at the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) conference in Rome. A year later, the PYP curriculum was taught to 11 authorized IB schools across Europe. Today in 2022, the programme is being taught to 2,107 authorized IB schools across 110 countries and is an essential contribution to the global IB community.

The PYP is an inquiry-based, transdisciplinary curriculum framework, designed to build conceptual understanding amongst children aged 3-12. The student-centred approach to education reflects the best of educational research, thought leadership and experience.

Read more about the PYP.

Join in on the celebration

If you are a part of our PYP community and would like to share what you love about the PYP, you can do this by sharing your post on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #IBPYP25. The IB is looking forward to seeing the community come together to share your experiences with the PYP.

On 18 July 2022 we will begin showcasing your submissions. Your submission could range from, posts about PYP students’ projects, memories from the past 25 years, posts about PYP teachers or schools, or anything else related to the curriculum.

Please note:

  • If you wish to share posts about PYP students, children under the age of 16 require parental permission to be photographed online.
  • Participants must use the hashtag #IBPYP25 for it to be showcased here on the ibo.org website.
  • If you would like to take part but not use social media, please email your stories, images, videos or any memories from the past 25 years of PYP to communications@ibo.org.