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IB's Siva Kumari has a mind of her own

Programme designed to deal with a changing world, so its relevance undiminished 50 years on, she says

Dr Siva Kumari, director-general of the International Baccalaureate, says nations are researching the IB strategy and seeing if it can be implemented across the school system, and that Singapore had a huge influence in popularising the programme. Cur
Dr Siva Kumari, director-general of the International Baccalaureate, says nations are researching the IB strategy and seeing if it can be implemented across the school system, and that Singapore had a huge influence in popularising the programme. Currently, IB is offered by 33 institutions islandwide.ST PHOTO: LEE JIA WEN

Back in 1948, Marie-Therese Maurette, a French teacher at the Geneva International School, was inspired by the international organisations that dotted the Swiss city to write a pedagogical piece on educational techniques for promoting peace. Two decades later, her piece would inspire others at the school to design the International Baccalaureate programme.

Now in its 50th year, International Baccalaureate - known around the world simply as IB - has expanded to some 5,000 schools. The Asia-Pacific alone has some 800, a number that grows by the year. Singapore has known of the programme since the United World College in Dover Road began offering it in 1977.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 01, 2018, with the headline 'IB's Siva Kumari has a mind of her own'. Subscribe