The International Baccalaureate® 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 organization 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.
Service learning offers OYIS students the opportunity to be responsible, caring, participating members of society. It is grounded in experiential education—learning by doing.
The goal of service learning is to direct the learners into practical settings where the primary motivation is service, and where learning takes place in two ways—as students take part in the experience and as they reflect upon what happened during the experience and as a result of it.
The world has become an interconnected place, where people from many cultures and perspectives come together. Every person must work to reduce their own ego- and ethno-centricity in order to better share the planet and to create a world that is better for the next generation. This goal involves an increasing sense of sharing and creating community with others rather than trying to build community around ourselves. It also suggests a continuing process rather than a goal that can be ‘achieved’. Our students and staff are always working on this process, both in and out of the classroom.