• Facts and Mission


    The IBO has compiled a list of fast facts about the organization and its programs.


    The IBO has adopted the following mission statement:

    "The International Baccalaureate Organization 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 IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

    These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right."

    IB Community Theme

    In an effort to strengthen the IB mission, the IB has initiated an exciting new project— the IB community theme. Conceived in 2006 with the first theme, sharing our humanity,that was officially launched in April 2007 at the annual general meeting. Lasting three years, the theme is intended to serve as a focus for the IB and IB World Schools, to capture the excellent initiatives that are already underway in many schools and encourage and inspire new activities, in and out of the classroom, around the following topics:

    • Global poverty
    • Peace and conflict
    • Education for all
    • Global infectious diseases
    • Digital divide - uneven access to information and communication technologies
    • Disasters and emergencies