International Exams at Holy Trinity: Education for the New MillenniumIn the ever changing world of today, our children need a certain type of knowledge and tools in order to live with discretion and responsibility as people and professionals. This is so easily agreed upon that it has become a modern cliché. However, are we even capable of knowing which kind of knowledge and tools we so strongly desire to give to our children?
It is because of this seemingly irresolvable question that we educators have come together to find the best answer. We consider the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) from Cambridge University and the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) to be the best proposals for our students.
The IGCSE certificates affirm that the student has reached a level of basic knowledge in different areas, which can be demonstrated through abilities in reading, comprehension, interpretation, comparison and formation of conclusions among many other skills essential to passing the exams. For us, the IGCSE certificate signifies the minimum level for students to move on to the work in second and third year polimodal.
The International Baccalaureate exists thanks to various educators from different countries who felt that education systems were not taking into account the dependency among nations and people, or the impending force of globalization. This program emphasizes an international curriculum that leaves a crucial space for the formation of our individual national and cultural identity. We consider the greatest advantage of the IB program to be the depth of the proposed themes, the integrative focus on diverse cultures, and the complexity of the abilities required by students.
The IB began thirty years ago. Since then, the population has exploded, the economic boom has moved from Europe to Asia, and the political-economic blocks that arose during the Cold War have been knocked down. In 1971, when first IB diplomas were distributed, there were only ten member schools in what is now a prestigious organization composed of more than 700 international schools from 100 different countries. Included in these are countries as far away from Argentina as Zambia and Vietnam. This united diversity has had a very deep impact on the education of future generations. IB students know the importance of what we call the “bilingual or multilingual” being and many (if not all) of them perfectly manage their native language in addition to English which is now considered the universal language.
We understand that this program goes hand in hand with the idea of guiding students on a path towards becoming upright, respectful, and supportive individuals. At the same time, we hope to develop in them a sense of strength and sacrifice in so they can reach their goals. These two values, though they may be discredited in the modern world, are now, more than ever, indispensable tools for success in both the personal and professional spheres.