“International school” is the term used to refer to an educational institution that promotes “international education in an international environment” by adopting a compulsory curriculum or study program that differs from the country where the school operates.
These schools operate primarily to teach students who are not nationals or citizens of the host country; They are ideal for children of people employed in foreign embassies or missions, international business organizations, etc. Local students from the region around the school who wish to obtain a suitable degree or qualifications for further study or a career can also enter the schools. .
The concept of international school began in the second half of the 19th century when they were established in countries like Japan, Switzerland, Turkey and some others for families who traveled a lot, such as missionaries, NGOs, embassies, etc. These schools were created with the help and assistance of the private establishment that required the schools, p. ex. defense establishments, scientific communities, diplomatic missions, etc., and according to the specific school curriculum of the country International School in Ghana.
In due time, globalization and technology have created momentum in schools around the world to cater to the growing movement of people around the world for work, business and other purposes; Such a movement has created generations of children living far from their country of origin and has required the presence of international schools. In this context, improved national schools alone do not mean success; the benchmark for success depends on the education systems that perform best internationally.
Criteria for an international school
In 2009, the International School Library Association decreed that an international school must meet the following criteria:
- Multinational and multilingual student community
- A population of students on the move
- Transferability of the student’s education – p. Eg credits – in international schools
- International curriculum or study programs
- International accreditation – p. Eg International Baccalaureate (IB), Council of International Schools (CIS), IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) from Cambridge University, School Services, etc.
- A count and number of transient and multinational teachers
- Use of English or French as the medium of instruction with the option to add an additional language