The IB Mission Statement and History

The IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


The IB – A Brief History

The International Baccalaureate Organisation was established in 1968 to meet the educational needs of students in International Schools. From these early days it has grown to an organisation that teaches over 1 million students in 3681 schools in 146 countries. The IB is now taught in both International Schools and State sector schools across the globe, with the highest number of schools being in the United States.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is based in Geneva with its head curriculum office for the Africa, Europe and Middle Eastern (AEM) region located in The Hague, Netherlands. There are regional offices that deal with Professional Development and administration of the program in different parts of the world in the Asia Pacific, South America, North America and Europe, Middle East and Africa.