The world continues to watch the unfolding disaster wreaked by a violent earthquake off the coast of Japan on March 11. Stories emerging from the affected areas have been terrible and terrifying. Around the world, people have been moved to compassion for the communities who are suffering. Even with the resources of a major industrialized nation and assistance from many other countries around the world, the recovery efforts will be long and difficult. As of today, the nuclear emergency is a still-unfolding situation.
Many IB World Schools and others in the IB family will want to know more about the crisis and may be looking for ways to respond that are meaningful and genuinely helpful, not only to the nineteen schools offering IB programmes in the stricken nation, but also to the wider educational community. Many organizations have specialized resources for learning about this and other heart-breaking natural disasters- you can find teaching materials and expert advice throughout the Guidance for Teachers section of Global Engage.
Opportunities for contributing to relief efforts require careful reflection and research. The world community will be working together to provide assistance that's carefully coordinated and genuinely helpful. You can learn about ways to be informed about global response to disasters and emergencies on the IB's public website on pages that describe the IB's commitment to global engagement.
This site can be a hub for connecting with schools and individuals in a public forum, by adding comments to this blog and by posting information and requests. Schools that are members of the IB Virtual Community can consider building networks for developing joint responses and sharing information.
IB learners are caring, 'showing empathy, compassion and respect to the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference in the lives of others.' In the weeks and months ahead, please share with others how you and your schools have worked to help make a difference in the world during this time of tragedy and struggle in Japan.