Tony Blair Institute and International Baccalaureate Introduce Intercultural Dialogue as part of the IB curriculum

Generation Global

Generation Global, the education programme of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, and International Baccalaureate (IB) have partnered to support teachers to introduce intercultural dialogue to their learners. In a time where nurturing global mindedness, empathy, and effective communication is critical for young people to navigate complex global challenges, this partnership introduces an innovative approach, making dialogue a fundamental teaching practice across the IB curriculum.

As part of this collaboration, Generation Global has developed engaging and interactive activities for teaching dialogue that are suitable for both formal and non-formal educators. These activities are made available to educators at no cost through IB Exchange, an interactive professional learning platform where IB educators can access resources, cultivate peer connections, and elevate their expertise by contributing their teaching and learning insights within a global network of educators.

By integrating these activities into their learning communities and subject areas, IB educators will delve into the concepts and practices of dialogue, explore its core skills, and learn how to create an atmosphere of safety, bravery, empathy, and confidence for their students while delving into diverse perspectives. IB Exchange is a safe and inclusive space where educators can collaborate and extend conversations with like-minded professionals from around the globe and by providing a diversity of approaches, the platform supports IB Educators to personalize the IB framework to their school’s unique needs.

The IB is pleased to collaborate with Generation Global to advance intercultural dialogue as an important part of the IB curriculum, fostering global-mindedness and empathy among our students. As this approach is shared with IB educators throughout the world it will undoubtedly enhance the tools available for skills development in the classroom,” said, Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General at the International Baccalaureate.

Generation Global and the International Baccalaureate are committed to benefiting more than 19,000 educators that are currently using IB Exchange. Through them, we will impact millions of students and thousands of schools across 159 countries. The collaboration aims to create a varied range of educational resources designed to enhance dialogue-based learning experiences within the IB framework, promising fundamental skill building activities and micro-learning modules for teacher professional development.

“This is an exciting collaboration between Generation Global and the International Baccalaureate. Through this partnership, educators in IB schools will gain skills to facilitate meaningful dialogues, fostering a new generation of globally conscious, empathetic, and socially aware young people,” said Lucy Hayter, Director of Generation Global at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

To explore these resources, educators can visit the IB Exchange platform by clicking on the ‘Join Now’ button.