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Asmara International Community School (AICS), Eritrea

TOK, CAS and The Extended Essay


Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

In a world where knowledge is fed to students from all angles, it is sometimes easy to accept knowledge without considering reliability, the source or credibility. At Asmara International Community School students critically engage with the complexities inherent in constructing knowledge in the world in their Theory of Knowledge lessons.

All traditional disciplines incorporated into the IB introduce students to their very own skills and approaches. Students will learn to critically explore these skills and approaches and, subsequently, appreciate how we build and collate our understanding of the world that we live in.

In a far reaching and wide ranging course students delve into issues associated with Natural Sciences, Human Sciences, History, The Arts, Ethics and Religious Knowledge Systems. Moreover, and most importantly, the students will delve into discussion regarding their own IB subjects, ensuring TOK becomes an active cross-curricular tool for enhancing critical thinking and developing students in-line with the Learner Profile.

For more information regarding TOK at AICS contact Mr. Tom.


Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)

CAS at AICS is considered an essential component of student life. It is not only essential for gaining their diplomas, but also in ascertaining future life skills and understanding of the world we live in.

As the name suggests, CAS is structured around creativity, action and service (defined below):


  • Creativity—exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance 
  • Activity—physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle 
  • Service—collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need

It is compulsory that students apply themselves to the CAS programme, evidencing that they are working towards accomplishing the seven learning outcomes set forth by the the IB.

For more information regarding CAS at AICS contact Mr. Fithawi.


The Extended Essay (EE)

Students will gain an insight and gain understanding into future expectations and challenges they will face in future learning when doing The Extended Essay. The essay requires students to choose a topic that interests them and undertakes an in-depth 4000-word study. 

The demands of the essay include being able to create a question that enables an essay with scope, depth and structure to be created.

For more information regarding The EE at AICS contact our Diploma Programme Coordinator (Mrs. Kate).