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The International Baccalaureate: Preparing learners for tomorrow’s world


T


he world is changing and changing fast; this year, with the global pandemic, is a


clear proof point of this. If today’s students are to thrive, they must


prepare to enter a dynamic and global economy that requires rich, adaptable skills. If they are to compete, educational programmes must build an entrepreneurial workforce of disruptors, equipped to reinvent, reimagine and redefine not just the nature of work but entire industries. In this unpredictable future, education is our greatest source of hope. In developing and empowering our youth, we equip them to become the thinkers, creatives and engineers of tomorrow, ready to solve society’s most pressing challenges and build a better, more sustainable world for all. To do this, students need an education for life. Not for one career, but for many. The International Baccalaureate (IB) answers


these needs via curriculums that are designed to be deliberately flexible; empowering students, teachers and schools to personalise an education that is appropriate to their culture, context, needs, interests and learning ability. Through this local and global context, students connect their learning experiences to the real-world; taking action to make a difference in their community, building practical problem-solving skills, critical thinking and a lifelong sense of inquiry. This leads to happy, well-rounded young people who have the knowledge, skills and sense of purpose they need to thrive throughout their lives. The IB’s internationally-minded approach


fosters empathy, diversity and cultural respect. This learning methodology moves past knowledge


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transfer to knowledge use, analysis and innovation. With this solid academic foundation, the IB produces students with transferable, future-ready skills, uncovering and developing the best in every child - preparing citizens of tomorrow, who are ready to step up as leaders and contribute to their world.


Research findings With so much uncertainty in the world, it can be hard to gauge what the future of work will look like. A recent study conducted by the Centre for


Curriculum Redesign (CCR) shows that job migration, job automation, inequality, demographic shifts and urbanization will shape the requirements of the future labour market. The research, which examined employability skills of IB Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) students (aged 16 – 19 years old), also identifies the key competencies that students need in order to respond to the changing world of work, which include communication skills, ethics, mindfulness and critical thinking.


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