IB Festival of Hope


In our latest video, IB Director General Olli-Pekka Heinonen is interviewed by Ecolint (International School of Geneva) students Sarah and Annie to discuss the Festival of Hope, why it is an important initiative for young people around theglobe, and what he hopes it will accomplish.


Stay tuned for even more interviews, videos, and exciting new partnership announcements.


The Festival of Hope Team

P.S. Remember to use #FestivalOfHope on social media to share how you’re discussing Hope


Examples of Hope and links for your participation:

We invite you, your students and your colleagues to record a video and upload it through the link below, telling the story of how your action brought you, or others, hope. These videos will be shared with our global community so we can all learn from each other.

“When a book is read and a question is asked, it gives me hope.”

Preethi S., 32, India

2. We need youth voices

If you have students who are interested in participating in Festival of Hope we are looking for young people from across the globe who would like to interview some of our guests in all languages. These students should already show an interest in areas that the guests are experts in: technology, peace, climate change, youth activism, culture, media, fashion, music, education and mental well-being.

If you have a student or team of students who would be interested in getting engaged, fill out this form – we welcome all languages. We will add you to our list and be in touch when the right opportunity comes up.

“What gives me hope is to read and to listen to my students every day building with their thoughts better realities for others and themselves.”

Danilo B., 58, Ecuador


3. Spread the word 

Help us spread the word about the Festival of Hope on social media.

Click the button below to share directly on Facebook and encourage your friends and family to be a part of something big. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #FestivalOfHope.

Spread hope

The Festival of Hope Team