PROJECT HISTORY

In 2007, the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the King Faisal Foundation (KFF) met to discuss collaboration between the two organizations in order to promote access to an international education experience in Saudi Arabia and the Arabic speaking world.

PHASE 1

In the course of 2008, the IB and KFF formulated a plan to implement the initial phase of this collaboration, and in January 2009, the first phase of the IB-KFF Project was begun.

Phase 1 of the IB-KFF Project focused on the King Faisal School (KFS), with the school serving as a “pilot” for developing and delivering of local-specific modules for training for primary school teachers and school.
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On-Site Support at King Faisal School through the following initiatives:

November 2008 to May 2010

Developing clear standards of practice related to pedagogy and leadership that is sensitive and relevant to the Arab and Islamic context

Training of Teachers The foundational training support was focused on interactive learner-centered methods and philosophy

PYP and MYP Support to KFS

Translation of Materials

May 2009 to August 2011

16 publications were translated into Arabic during 2010

17 other publications were translated into Arabic during 2011

All translated publications have been published to the IB’s OCC, and became available to all IB member schools free of charge

Preliminary Development of a teacher-training model for the IB

Pilot project provided valuable developmental information prior to the wider project planning

  • On-Site Support at King Faisal School through the following initiatives: November 2008 to May 2010

    Developing clear standards of practice related to pedagogy and leadership that is sensitive and relevant to the Arab and Islamic context

    Training of Teachers The foundational training support was focused on interactive learner-centered methods and philosophy

    PYP and MYP Support to KFS

  • Translation of Materials May 2009 to August 2011

    16 publications were translated into Arabic during 2010

    17 other publications were translated into Arabic during 2011

    All translated publications have been published to the IB’s OCC, and became available to all IB member schools free of charge

  • Preliminary Development of a teacher-training model for the IB

    Pilot project provided valuable developmental information prior to the wider project planning

PHASE 2

In April 2014, The King Faisal Foundation (KFF) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) announced an extended partnership whereby a formalized educational project would bring the holistic IB educational programmes to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Funded through the generosity of KFF, this initiative plans towards the future of the kingdom whilst honoring the present and the past.

The cooperation between the IB and KFF intends to lay strong foundations for future leaders, innovators, professionals, and experts in their chosen field who will be able to bring their vision and talents to bear on the Kingdom’s economy, issues and initiatives.

The aim of the IB-KFF Project (Phase 2) is to support teachers within Saudi schools that will enable the development of a more student-centered learning style as well as guide teachers and learners to become more internationally minded. The desire is for greater connections and networking to be made for Saudi students in the global arena for learning and business. In addition, the project is designed to develop a network of trainers that can conduct teacher professional development in Saudi Arabia and the Arabic-speaking world.

With this aim and motivation, The “Developing learners, leaders and teachers for the future of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” initiative was commenced. The primary objective is to have a long-term, transformative effect on schooling and teacher professional development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the wider region.

In line with The King Faisal Foundation mission, and with an investment of more than SAR (20) million from the Foundation to date, this initiative aims to gradually transform education in Saudi Arabia and the Arabic-speaking world to rival those of other leading nations.

GOALS

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Grow the support for the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) so that there can be substantially more programmes offered in Arabic throughout the Arab-speaking world,


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Augment the professional development of teachers within the state system in Saudi Arabia


  • 3
Provide support for existing IB Diploma Programme (DP) students in Arabic

ENVISIONED OUTCOMES

Local

Expanding Access to the IB Programs
and Quality Education in Saudi Arabia

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new online and face to face PYP and MYP workshops on international education, educational change, leadership, pedagogy and classroom practice, and a range of relevant in class topics will be available for schools in the project

“Learning, leading and teaching for the 21st century”
workshops will include:

  • 2-day leadership workshops with online activities for both PYP and MYP. Four members of the school leadership team will attend the workshops in addition to two officials from the local district education office.
  • 2-day teacher workshops with online activities for both PYP and MYP in teaching and learning. Each school will send 18 teachers and 4 school leaders, to attend the workshops. Two officials from the local district education office will also participate in the training.

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teachers and leaders from private schools in the Kingdom receive IB training

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teachers and leaders graduate from Saudi universities, qualified to work in PYP and MYP

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PYP schools

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MYP schools

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Tertiary institutions (HEIs) will be recognized for IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning

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Tertiary institutions will be recognized for IB Certificate in Leadership Practice.

Regional

Accommodating for
the Arabic World

  • Translation of documents and supporting materials for PYP and MYP
  • The translation of Arabic language A1 documents for the IB Diploma Programme
  • New suite of online Diploma courses in Arabic
  • Translation of a number of IB Diploma Programme courses in Arabic so that those selected courses may be taught and assessed in Arabic
  • Relevant subject guides, publications and workshop materials translated and available in Arabic
  • New communications materials and resources in English and Arabic for stakeholder engagement with regard to the KFF-IB Project.

IB IN THE WORLD

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IB students aged 3-19

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Countries

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Programs

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Teachers trained per year

PARTICIPANT PROJECT SCHOOLS

Riyadh

Jeddah

Madinah

Eastern Province

PROJECT TIMELINE

(KFF-IB PROJECT PLAN)

2014-2015
2015-2016
2016-2017
2017-2018
2018-2019
2019-2020
2020-2021
  • Signing off the Cooperation Agreement between KFF & IB
  • Start of communication with primary schools about the Project and the participation criteria for the initiative
  • Potential universities identified for the International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate (IBECs) for PYP and MYP
  • 3 tertiary institutions complete a detailed application form and demonstrate course alignment with academic requirements and consistency of delivery
  • Delivery of PYP Leadership Workshops and Teaching and Learning Workshops
  • 14 PYP Schools submit their IB Application for Candidacy
  • 18 MYP schools confirm participation in the project
  • Consultation with schools on the need and demand for online PD modules in Arabic and for Dual-Language DP whereby selected courses or subject groups will be taught and assessed in Arabic.
  • Tertiary institutions (HEIs) conduct promotion activities for course for 100 pre-service teachers
  • Delivery of MYP Leadership Workshops and Teaching and Learning Workshops
  • IB consultancy support to tertiary institutions for the 'development' of their (IBECs) (PYP) and (MYP)
  • Tertiary institutions commence course delivery to pre-service and in-service teachers
  • 4 PYP Schools submit their IB Application for Candidacy
  • Goal 3. Hibernated for further project phase
  • 18 MYP Schools submit their IB Application for Candidacy
  • Tertiary institutions begin offering International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate course for 100 pre-service teachers and in-service
  • Tertiary institutions (HEIs) have conducted promotion activities for course for 100 in-service teachers
  • Tertiary institutions commence course delivery to in-service teachers
  • Tertiary institutions (HEIs) conduct promotion activities for course for 100 pre-service teachers
  • Institutions continue PYP course delivery to in-service teachers
  • Institutions commence course delivery to MYP in-service teachers
  • Tertiary institutions (HEIs) begin offering course for 100 pre-service teachers at start of academic year following IB verification.
  • Successful schools begin to receive IBPYP Authorization
  • Dual Language IB DP, Saudi Arabia 'Go Live' - First Teaching
  • Beginning of 1st Semester, Year 1 IBDP
  • Beginning of 2nd Semester, Year 1 IBDP
  • Institutions continue MYP course delivery to in-service teachers
  • Successful schools begin to receive IBMYP Authorization
  • Beginning of 1st Semester, Year 2 IBDP
  • Beginning of 2nd Semester, Year 2 IBDP
  • Successful schools receive IBMYP Authorization

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CONTACT

King Faisal Foundation
P.O. Box 352 Riyadh 11411
Tel: 966 11 465 2255, Ext. 6177
Email: projects@kff.com