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Bangalore International School (BIS) in India prides itself on its truly international approach, where staff (representing over 22 countries) teach around 550 students. To prepare these students for their future academic and professional careers, BIS has been offering Cambridge Global Perspectives, at both Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International AS Level, since it was first introduced because, says Geeta Jayanth, BIS High School Coordinator and Guidance Counsellor, 'it helps students gain a sense of their role as global citizen and a critical understanding of how the world works.'
In 2009, Cambridge asked BIS to pilot the first Global Perspectives programme. 'We were very excited,' says Geeta, 'as the courses were aligned with the mission and values of BIS. Since their introduction we have never looked back.'
BIS values the cross-curricular approach of Cambridge Global Perspectives, and the range of skills it encourages, including critical thinking, research, problem solving, communication and collaboration. 'These skills are then enhanced by the variety of assessment strategies,' adds Geeta, 'including team projects, personal reflections, and individual essays.'
Read the full case study to find out more about their experience, including tips for teaching Cambridge Global Perspectives from BIS Head of School, Ms Anu Monga.