The Global Contexts

Holistic education is provided through the Global Contexts. These contexts give the MYP its distinctive core and are presented in a coherent and creative way through the subjects, interdisciplinary teaching, projects and special programs. The function of the contexts is to:

  • Provide a framework for cross-curricular work
  • Encourage teaching of concepts, illustrated by content
  • Raise awareness on the integrated subjects
  • Provide appropriate learning experiences across all subjects
  • Focus thinking, like a lens
  • Give a structure for exploration
  • Enable teachers and students to strive for depth and richness
  • Provide links to issues outside the classrooms.

The six IB Global Contexts are:

  • Identities and Relationships: Students will explore identity, beliefs and values, personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health, human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures, what it means to be human.
  • Orientation in space and time: Students will explore personal histories, homes and journeys, turning points in humankind, discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind, the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations from personal, local and global perspectives
  • Personal and cultural expression: Students will explore the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values, the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity, our appreciation of the aesthetic
  • Scientific and technical innovation: Students will explore the natural world and its laws, the interaction between people and the natural world, how humans use their understanding of scientific principles, the impact of scientific and technological advances on communities and environments, the impact of environments on human activity, how humans adapt environments to their needs
  • Globalization and sustainability: Students will explore the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities, the relationship between local and global processes, how local experiences mediate the global, the opportunities and tensions provided by world- interconnectedness, the impact of decision-making on humankind and the environment
  • Fairness and development: Students will explore rights and responsibilities, the relationship between communities, sharing finite resources with other people and with other living things, access to equal opportunities, peace and conflict resolution.

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