In a world of increasing interconnection and complexity, learning in context provides students with

opportunities to explore multiple dimensions of global challenges and encourages them to develop creative

solutions. In the MYP, teachers  design units around important global issues and ideas

including climate change, international conflicts and international exchange and trade.


The structure of global contexts in the MYP

Teaching and learning in the MYP involves understanding concepts in context. Global contexts provide a

common language for powerful contextual learning, identifying specific settings, events or circumstances

that provide more concrete perspectives for teaching and learning. When teachers select a global context

for learning, they are answering the questions:

  • Why are we engaged in this inquiry?
  • Why are these concepts important?
  • Why is it important for me to understand?
  • Why do people care about this topic?

Identities and relationships

Who am I? Who are we? Students will explore identity; 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 time and space

What is the meaning of “where” and “when”? Students will explore personal histories; homes and journeys; turning points in humankind; discoveries; explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between, and the interconnectedness of, individuals and civilizations, from personal, local and global perspectives.

Personal and Cultural Expression

What is the nature and purpose of creative expression? Students will explore the ways in which we discover and express ideas, 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

How do we understand the world in which we live? Students will explore 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 environments; the impact of  nvironments on human activity; how humans adapt environments to their needs.

Globalization and sustainability

How is everything connected? Students will explore the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the relationship between local and global processes; how local experiences mediate the global; the opportunities and tensions provided by world interconnectedness; the impact of decision-making on humankind and the environment.

Fairness and development

What are the consequences of our common humanity? Students will explore rights and responsibilities; the relationship between communities; sharing finite resources with other people and with other living things; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.