Congratulations to all members of the International Maarif School Erbil community with the International Baccalaureate Authorization of the Middle Years Programme. This is the result of continuous hard work and excellent team work by all stakeholders in our community: students, parents, teachers, managers and specialists in Turkish Maarif Foundation. We are now members of a global community of more than 5’000 schools. A global study investigating performance in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) found that IB students outperformed their non-IB peers in mathematics, reading, narrative writing and expository writing. Please feel free to visit https://www.ibo.org for more information about the IB.