Urge the International Baccalaureate to Include Gender-Neutral Options for DP Registration
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The International Baccalaureate is an education programme designed for international students and optimised for implementation in all world communities.
We have recently seen an article published in the October issue of the IB World magazine regarding gender stereotyping and gender-neutral policies. Students at the International School of Prague have been incredibly moved to see such an article printed in the magazine, as the International Baccalaureate is a well-known international organization and influences many students and teachers around the world.
However, it has to be noted that the IB does not offer a gender-neutral option for students registering for its Middle Years or Diploma Programme, nor for its exams. We feel as this is a major concern, as students who do not identify with the traditional binary are being unnecessarily confined to the gendered terms. A gender-neutral term would create more inclusivity towards non-binary students, who would otherwise choose an option they do not identify with and potentially be caused distress. As said in the article, many schools across the world are already adapting their policies to become more gender-neutral with successful results. We believe that it is important to offer such options, in order to create an inclusive environment for students both in the transgender or gender non-conforming community and out, and to foster equality, inclusivity, and gender neutrality.
We trust that by including a gender-neutral option for students, the International Baccalaureate will not only become more inclusive but will also inspire and encourage others to do the same.
Signatures collected from this petition will be sent to the IB in the hopes that they acknowledge the importance of recognizing non-binary students, by adding such an option for registration. As well as how this change would allow students to feel more accepted, and to feel appreciated for their contribution to our local, national, and global communities.
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