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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 resolution.