Ideas Academy offers secondary education to children of refugees in the age of 12 – 18 years in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, since 2014.
At the moment the school has 160 pupils and their waiting list is growing all the time. This coming year the school hopes to welcome 300 children. The children come from countries that are suffering from war or other forms of violence – for instance Myanmar the Rohingya's and Chin – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and even Somalia. Over 150.000 refugees have been registered in Malaysia according to the UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency). This is only the official figure! One believes that the numbers are 4 times as high as most refugees are afraid of being arrested if they register.
Malaysia is one of the few countries that has not signed the refugee agreement of the United Nations of 1951, not have they signed the UN convention against torture. Because of this refugees and "stateless people" have no rights whatsoever and thus no access to education and healthcare. They are often taken advantage of due to the fact they have no rights.
Ideas Academy offers children of refugees a chance to continue their education and finish their secondary school. This offers them a chance to escape the poverty trap on non-educated children.
At Ideas Academy the children receive a "Cambridge" certified diploma that is recognized worldwide. Due to the fact that the parents of these children have absolutely nothing the school provides everything – from schoolbooks to lunch (often the only decent meal they eat during the day) to a uniform. The blue and white uniform is also used by the Malaysian governmental schools which offers the children a sense of security and belonging.
A uniform exists of a shirt, a skirt or a pair of trousers and costs ca. € 12,50 (60 ringgits) per uniform. The school would like to acquire 300 uniforms to provide for their students now and in the future. For this project Ideas Academy has requested the help of Moments of Joy.
Cost for this project is: € 3.750,-- (including € 25,-- banking fees)