International Bureau of Education

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A 90 year quest for excellence in education!

IBE-UNESCO became the first ever intergovernmental organization in the field of education established to advance peace through education in 1929. Originally founded by a group of renowned educationalists in Geneva as a private institute in 1925, IBE-UNESCO was led by the famous Swiss psychologist, Jean Piaget for almost 40 years. It joined UNESCO in 1969 as an international centre of excellence in comparative education. IBE-UNESCO has and will continue its quest for excellence as the global centre for curriculum and related matters. 

Director's office

The IBE director is responsible for leadership and management of the Institute. Since July 2014, Dr. Mmantsetsa Marope has assumed the role of IBE Director. Bringing her extensive leadership expertise and specialized knowledge, she has revitalised IBE’s role as a centre of excellence in curriculum significantly expanding the geographical outreach and range of services of the IBE.