We are very excited to announce that our branch school – Kunming World Youth Academy, has received International Baccalaureate (IB) authorization, the first international school in Yunnan and Guizhou to join the ranks of IB World Schools. Becoming an IB World School means, ‘joining over 4,700 schools worldwide in delivering IB programmes, and becoming part of a community of educators that is growing and developing constantly.’ (www.ibo.org)

Speaking after receiving the good news, principal Lili said, “I am very happy and excited, we can now provide the best quality educational resources for families in and around Yunnan. We are especially hoping that now being authorized to teach IBDP courses, students from many different backgrounds will join the KWYA family, and more will understand the IB concepts and educational structure. Special thanks also go to our parents who trust us so much – the visiting authorization team told us they were very impressed by the eagerness and understanding of the IB concepts as shown by our families.”

Since opening in 2016, KWYA has received comprehensive support for their teacher training and curriculum development from BWYA. As principal Lili shared with us, “From the very start until now, BWYA has always been investing into our development. All of this helps our parents to see our rigorous educational standards. Without our parent school’s support and guidance, we’d never have been able to obtain this authorization so quickly.” With this IB authorization, the fruits of this cooperation are clear to see.

We would like to congratulate all of our colleagues at KWYA for their hard work. As we continue working together to educate a new generation of young people who love their own local culture, as well as having a clear understanding of the wider world, we are confident that the bonds between us will only grow stronger.