First school in Africa to offer International Baccalaureate career-related programme

Braeburn Garden Estate School has become the first school in Africa to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme (CP).

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The school, which has run the IB Diploma Programme (DP) since 2002, has taken the decision to offer CP to expand the potential university and career options for its broad intake of students.IB's programmes are recognised by universities and employers worldwide and for students from Braeburn the UK is the most popular destination for university, followed by Canada, USA, South Africa, Australia and Holland. In the UK the CP was allocated UCAS tariff points earlier this year for its reflective project.
CP is the newest in IB's continuum of programmes and is available for 16-19 year olds. The Programme was specifically designed for students wishing to engage in career-related learning while gaining transferable and lifelong skills in applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and cross-cultural engagement.Braeburn Garden Estate School is a non-selective school located on the outskirts of Nairobi with 650 students aged two to 18 years. Its students come from a wide spectrum of the Kenyan and expatriate communities, with over 80 nationalities from across the world.John Herbert, Executive Head Teacher of Braeburn Garden Estate School said, "When we heard about CP we knew it was the right programme for our school. Historically a significant minority of our students, for whom the DP is not appropriate, have moved on to other schools or colleges for sixth form."Thanks to the CP's combination of Diploma Programme and BTEC courses, and assignment based study, we are now able to offer a great new option, with equally excellent higher education and career prospects, for all sixth form students."CP students are required to undertake: a minimum of two DP courses; career-related study, enabling them to become self-confident, skilled and career-ready learners; and a unique CP core, which bridges the IB academic courses and the career-related study, providing students with a combination of academic and practical skills.There are four components to the CP core: Approaches to Learning, Community and Service, Language Development and a Reflective Project.Herbert continued, "Many of our DP students go on to study the sciences, medicine, engineering, international relations and law. With CP because of the difference in learning styles we will notice more emphasis on creative programmes such as art and design, music and drama."We will also be able to see our budding sportsmen and sportswomen flourish with the sports science course, while the inclusion of a Level 3 BTEC in business and marketing is an excellent grounding for all."I am a massive supporter of IB. It has no political connections and provides a much broader education than other programmes. It is very popular globally and many of our students come to Braeburn specifically because we offer IB."
Adrian Kearney, Regional Director AEM, International Baccalaureate Organisation commented, "As the first school in Africa to offer CP, I congratulate Braeburn Garden Estate School for their foresight and understanding of the power of the IB continuum. Huge steps are being taken to widen education opportunities throughout the continent and the IB is committed to producing literate, numerate and linguistic problem solving graduates who are technically trained."The students at Braeburn will now benefit from one of the worlds' most recognised and respected education programmes that will be their passport to a world of future opportunities"Don't miss the Re:locate Guide to International Education & Schools, published Autumn 2015.For more Re:locate news and features on education, click here.