The goals, objectives and benefits of the IB Association in Brazil are summarized below:
1) Primary Years Programme
The four PYP schools in São Paulo have expressed a desire to be members of an Association. They are already collaborating and sharing good practice with respect to differentiation, but would welcome the participation of other PYP schools in Brazil. A formal Association could help with the logistical issues surrounding this.
2) Middle Years Programme
Both St Francis College and Escola Americana de Belo Horizonte agree that having an Association for the purpose of sharing good practice and arranging training opportunities would be beneficial. While there are only two schools offering the MYP, it was thought that all schools must consider pre-Diploma curriculum issues, and an Association could provide opportunities to share ideas.
3) Diploma Programme
a. IB training: With a formal Association, a PD centre can be established in order to conduct our own workshops, allowing for more freedom to meet our training needs, which are unique within Latin America. The money obtained from the training would go to the Association rather than directly to the IBO.
b. Improving communication:
i. The formation of an Association Committee means that jobs can be undertaken in the appropriate manner by Coordinators, with the necessary support from their school. At this stage, volunteers giving their time to Association business are not recognised in any way, nor is there an avenue for financial support should the need arise.
ii. Department Meetings/Roundtables: These can be arranged within the Association for the purpose of sharing good practice amongst teachers of subject areas. This is particularly valuable when a syllabus changes, or when new teachers arrive at schools. At this stage, roundtables are held at the expense of the host school, but could in the future be subsidized by the Association.
iii. The Association “Criteria for Recognition” require a website and/or regular newsletter as a part of establishing a public profile. This would provide a more coherent way for IB schools to communicate with one another and establish links.
c. Advocating the IB Diploma to Brazilian universities: With the support of the IB, the Association can work towards advocating the IB Diploma to Brazilian universities. Although the universities may not be in a position to change admissions guidelines, the interest from private universities is encouraging with regard to the credits they are currently giving IB students.