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Helping refugees feel at home

DP student establishes a successful German language instruction programme for Syrian refugees to make them feel welcome Living in a new country can be daunting for anyone. But if you have had to flee your home country due to conflict or war, settling into a new place is especially difficult. In Germany alone, there are […]

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Students get creative for change

Local IB World Schools collaborate every year to raise awareness for the homeless Three local IB World Schools in Maryland, US, have teamed up and tapped into their creative talents to address the topic of homelessness, hunger and poverty. IB Diploma Programme (DP) students at Parkdale High School worked with Crossland High School and Frederick […]

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Snapshots of Brussels

CAS project aims to understand the forgotten communities of Brussels through storytelling After the terrorist attacks in Brussels in 2016, the mood in the country was sombre. So, IB Diploma Programme (DP) students at a local school decided to highlight the many good people trying to make Brussels a better place. The documentary Snapshots of […]

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Empowering the women of Vietnam

Microfinance initiative by DP students helps boost the income of those in need In many transitioning economies, women from vulnerable populations usually benefit last. For example, in the Phu Min farming community, in Vietnam, men often migrate to the cities for low-skilled work, but the money they earn to send back to their families tends […]

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Service learning? Great! But how to make the right choices?

By Emmanuelle Werner Service learning is a key element of the creativity, activity, service (CAS) within the Diploma Programme (DP) and also a component of the Career-related Programme (CP) core. It is a wonderful opportunity for students, however, service learning has to be done the right way. Here, at Friends International, we recognize that good […]

‘Reaching out’ and ‘reaching in’ by fostering international-mindedness

International-mindedness is the bedrock of the IB approach. While we in the IB community understand its importance, it can be a challenging concept to define, develop and assess. To shed more light on the practice of international-mindedness, researchers from the University of Bath conducted an in-depth, multi-programme study in nine IB World Schools around the […]