In 2012, Jan-Willem Smulders and his wife were active in the refugee community in Malaysia. They came to recognized that there was real need for education for the refugee children.
In 2012, an opportunity arose during the ZOAT (a Regional Dutch Hockey Tournament in Asia) tournament where the three individuals raised RM80,000. This funding kickstarted the ambitious goal of providing education to young refugees. Tanja Pelle, Bjorn Kruizinga, and Jan-Willem, set up the Young Refugee Cause and wrote the business plan that still serves as the framework for IDEAS Academy today. Andrea Maiola, linked up the Academy with Wan Saiful Wan Jan of IDEAS. With IDEAS’ involvement and financial contributions, the plans evolved and gained momentum.
After almost 2 years of fundraising and planning, the IDEAS Academy was officially launched in 2014.
IDEAS Academy believes in education for all.
Education holds the key to global citizenship which is something that no one regardless of background, race or economic situation should be denied. Their primary aim is to ensure that every child between 12 and 18 years old should gain a strong secondary educational foundation to become a responsible, confident and compassionate citizens of tomorrow. To achieve their mission, IDEAS Academy relies on the generosity of donors for support. Without the assistance of individuals just like you, we wouldn’t be able to pursue our mission to help these children.The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights states in article 26, “Everyone has the right to education”. This statement is now more important than ever as the children of today face an uncertain future, which is increasingly competitive, internationalized, and shared.