International primary education is one of the most popular forms of education around the world. There are many reasons for this. For starters, children from other countries are able to benefit from the skills taught by teachers with less knowledge in their own countries. Secondly, students learn a wide range of subjects, including Math, Language Arts, Science, Sports and other social studies.
International primary education differs from that of American and European primary school. In the former, children are enrolled in a regular school anywhere in the world while those in the latter are sent to a pre-school or a boarding school based on the international standards. International primary education also starts at the tender age of 4 and lasts until the age of eleven or twelve in cases of the Dutch primary school. Dutch international primary schools follow the International Primary Curriculum, the International Baccalaureate or the European Baccalaureate. This curriculum enables children from around the globe to participate in the learning environment.
A large number of international schools are located in the slimmest of locations: namely, in Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. Students in these schools are usually taught by a mix of subjects such as Mathematics, History, English and Science. A large number of international primary school are run by non-government organizations (NGOs) in collaboration with the government. These NGOs provide support for needy students and children, as well as technical assistance to build up the school infrastructure.
The International Primary School is sponsored by the National Centre for International Co-curriculum Development (ICCD) and financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Education. In Indonesia, the TBCI International School is managed by the Indonesian Institute of Public Education (IPED) in cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of Education. Other partners include the International Federation of International Schools (IFUIS), International Association of School Management (IASSM), International Association of Schoolparents (IASMP), and International Secondary School Information Centre (ISCC).
In Malaysia, the only two international primary school in Penang are the German kindergarten and the International School. In India, the only primary school in Chennai is the International School.
The International School and ESL (English as a Second Language) module offers specialised academic education programmes in languages, culture, mathematics and science. The curriculum also provides an environment for learning for people of all cultures and ethnicities. The International School curriculum follows the International School Curriculum for Education in Education (ESCE) format, which is approved by the UNESCO and the European Commission. The first module of the International School Curriculum for Education in Education (ESCE) incorporates content from the World Education Agency’s (WEOE) Unesolved Problems on Education (UPE), the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Education Programme, the Education and Training Council’s (ETC) Program for Quality Improvement in Primary School Research and the Universal Education System (EPS) programme. The International School curriculum also incorporates the Global Education Certificate (GEC) from the United Nations Global Educational Foundations (UNGI), the Partnership for Quality in Education (PCVE) Program, and the School Participation Model (SCM).
Grading is done on the basis of performance on specified questions, and on performance that is below minimum standard. English is generally taught first in primary and secondary schools. Further levels of language competence may be achieved through teaching in primary and secondary schools. Van Beekhoven is the only municipality in The Netherlands with a district education department, and all schools follow the FDE curriculum specifications as set out by the Ministry of Education and Netherlands Law.