International Baccalaureate Organization

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The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is an international non-profit educational foundation, founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland. The organisation's original intent was to provide schools with an international curriculum which would be acceptable to universities around the world. This idea led to the creation of the IB Diploma Programme. The Middle Years Programme and Primary Years Programme were created in 1994 and 1997 respectively, allowing the IBO to direct education all the way from age three to the end of the secondary level.

The IBO functions on fees charged from schools who wish to implement one or more of the organisation's educational programmes. Most of the schools offering the programmes are private international schools, but the relative amount of state schools is increasing (it is currently at 43 per cent). There are currently 1,553 schools implementing the organisation's programmes.

The IBO's current director-general is George Walker. The organisation has four regional offices: IB North America, IB Latin America, IB Asia-Pacific, and IB Africa, Europe, and Middle East.

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