Empowering students for life-long learning

The theory of Pamoja is that students should be empowered to collaborate around learning moments. Learners shift from being passive to active, self-directed, with greater autonomy. A learner for life, not just in school.

These learning moments are when students grow in their understanding of the world. As such, individually and collectively they become better equipped to contribute to the world.

Pamoja gives students the space and tools to learn at their own pace within a global learning community. They are given the opportunity to develop meaningful inquiry skills to connect, synthesise and analyse problems. They cultivate the study skills they need for success in life, both at university and in the work place. It empowers them to find their own way through learning, and with it comes the freedom to push themselves further and achieve their best possible IB grades.

How online lessons work

In virtual classes of between 15-25 students from all over the world, our online teachers introduce weekly lessons, guide discussion and provide feedback to promote lifelong learning habits.

Teachers instruct students using written explanations, screencasts and live sessions, as well as engaging in group and private discussions.

Forums and blogs encourage students to reflect on their learning. Online resources support students, and news feeds contextualise subjects within current events.

Our online teachers are always available to help if students have questions. Trained Site-Based Coordinators at the school provide extra face-to-face guidance. This is why our online students feel just as supported as traditional classroom students.

Developing the individual

Students who undertake a Pamoja online course develop the key attributes prioritised in the IB Learner Profile.

Preparing for the future

Dynamic course design and collaborative learning opportunities aid students in developing the essential study skills they need for success at university and in employment. Results from a recent study published by the Institute of Education, University of London, proves that our students become knowledgeable, internationally minded, independent learners, who are confident in using technology to enhance their own learning. We believe that the supportive and safe online learning environment we offer provides students with low risk challenges that they can learn from; through making mistakes, learning how to manage their workload, communicating, researching and developing the right social skills, they are highly valued by universities and employers alike.

The results

Pamoja students complete the same external assessments as regular IB students, so universities view online IB diplomas with the same status as traditional class-based courses. In fact, Pamoja students often have an edge over regular students. Research by the Institute of Education, London, suggests that online learning helps students to become more adept in self-management, intercultural communication and digital literacy – skills that are increasingly valued by universities and employers.

That’s why universities actively welcome IB students who have gained their diploma through an online Pamoja course.

In the news

Online learning at school helps prepare teens for university

“Studying online alongside conventional school classes can provide a supportive rehearsal space…” where learners can develop their independence, giving them a head start when they progress to university.”

The Conversation - November 2014

Online learning to prepare for university

“Students who had studied online described how valuable it was that they could learn independently.”

Education Journal Middle East - April 2015

Online learning helps prepare pupils for university

“Finding out about technology is not enough: students need to know why they are using it…” and what they are expected to achieve, not just how to operate it.”

Education Journal - December 2014

A state of independence

“Digital learning opportunities at sixth form can make the move to university considerably smoother for students.”

Teach Secondary - January 2015

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