Why did we choose the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme for our students at Sekolah Pilar Indonesia?
After looking at many different programmes and focusing closely on the aims and objectives of each, the Management Board chose a programme which was very closely aligned with their own personal philosophy of education. This programme was, of course, the International Baccalaureate and once the decision was made to implement this programme, the journey began.
When new students are accepted for enrolment and teachers are hired, the management considers carefully whether each individual has the beliefs about education which will match those of the school.
|The Mission Statement of The International Baccalaureate|
|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 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.
International Baccalaureate Organization, https://www.ibo.org/about-the-ib/mission/
Students at Sekolah Pilar Indonesia are aware of their own culture and proud of their heritage. At the same time, they are also ready to strive to be part of the global community and to contribute to the advances of the modern technological age.
By beginning their journey to become a member school of the International Baccalaureate, students, teachers and parents have committed to developing a set of personal values which will lay the foundation for the establishment of international-mindedness. The attributes of an internationally-minded person can be found in the learner profile and our curriculum is designed to encourage the demonstration of these characteristics as a way of responding to challenges of the 21st century.
To develop the characteristics of the learner profile and become internationally-minded we strive to be:
• Principled: We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
• Balanced: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
• Knowledgeable: We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
• Caring: We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
• Open-minded: We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
• Reflective: We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.
• Inquirers: We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
• Thinkers: We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
• Risk-takers: We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
• Communicators: We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.