Rudaina Binte Reaz, a 12th grader at International School Dhaka (ISD), is a dreamer who’s looking forward to studying either Political Science or International Relations in a university. Studying either of the subjects will eventually help her to achieve her dream of working in the United Nations. Already accepted in the University of Toronto, she gives much credit to the educational system of her school for making her upbringing spontaneous.
International School Dhaka or ISD is one of the few schools in Bangladesh to follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. This curriculum seeks to provide a challenging-yet-balanced education that would facilitate geographic and cultural mobility by providing an internationally recognized university entrance qualification that would also serve the deeper purpose of promoting intercultural understanding and respect.In layman terms, the IB curriculum not only provides students with the freedom of choosing their future career through multiple aptitude-based courses but also provides them with the platform to express themselves through multiple extra-curricular activities. In fact, a significant part of this curriculum focuses on CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service). CAS dictates that the students undertake endeavors which include arts, and other experiences that involve creative.
Rudaina, who was actively involved in painting two murals within the school premises, shared, “My public speaking has vastly improved which in turn has given me confidence to pursue my dreams.” Notably, a significant number of universities allow university credits if a candidate achieves a high score in their IB World Exams. Hence, Rudaina is eagerly waiting to receive credits for her Political Science courses when she starts her education at the University of Toronto.
Shehzad Noor Taus Priyo, an alumnus of ISD, shares similar thoughts but with actual benefits received. “I had been nominated for a scholarship at the University of British Columbia. I got the scholarship among 30 other students across the world”, said Taus.
Taus plans to come back to Bangladesh and work here. He recently founded a company named Gaze Technology which works on research and development. The company has been working with Dhaka Metropolitan Police to automate the use of artificial intelligence to track down every vehicle that does not have a route permit or a fitness permit. His days at ISD and experience gained from the IB curriculum have helped him a lot.