The six Global Contexts give the MYP its distinctive core. They are taught in
a coherent and creative way over the five years of the programme primarily
through the subjects, but also through interdisciplinary teaching, projects and
special programs. The six contexts are:
- Identities and relationships
is concerned with exploring identities; beliefs and values; personal,
physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including
families, friends, communities and cultures; what it means to be human.
- Orientation in space and time
is concerned with exploring personal histories; homes and journeys; turning
points in humankind; discoveries; explorations and migrations of human-kind;
the relationships between, and the interconnectedness of, individuals and
civilizations, from personal, local and global perspectives.
- Personal and cultural expression
is concerned with exploring the ways in which we discover and express our
feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect
on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.
- Scientific and technical innovation
is concerned with exploring the natural world and its laws; the interaction
between people and the natural world; how humans use their understanding of
scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances
on communities and the environments; the impact of environments on human
activity; how humans adapt environments to their needs.
- Globalization and sustainability
is concerned with exploring interconnectedness of human-made systems and
communities; the relationship between local and global processes; how local
experiences mediate the global; reflect on the opportunities and tensions
provided by world-interconnectedness; the impact of decision-making on
humankind and the environment.
- Fairness and development
is concerned with exploring rights and responsibilities; relationship
between communities; sharing finite resources with other people and with
other living things; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict