Ready, Steady, Go

Izak van der Sluijs was born in 1930 in the Netherlands. He was ten years old when the second world war broke out and spent half of his teenage years living in an occupied country. He grew up to become a successful entrepreneur, but experienced poverty first hand. His late wife Mies van der Sluijs, to whom he was married for 50 years before she passed away, used to tell her grandchildren: “You can lose everything in life, but no one can take your education away.” Now that Mr. Van der Sluijs has reached the respectable age of 87, he decided to create a foundation to help improve education and access to education, as he believes the future of our world is in the hands of our youth.

Education has been recognized to be one of the more successful keys to eradicate poverty. Let’s look at a couple of facts about education:

  • According to Unesco, about 263 million children and youth are out of school.
  • In developing, low-income countries, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10%.
  • Each additional year of maternal education helps reduce the child mortality rate by 2%.
  • Educated girls and women are less vulnerable to HIV infection, humantrafficking and other forms of exploitation and more likely to marry later and have fewer children. An education can help decrease the spreading of infectious diseases.
  • To ensure all children complete first and secondary education, the world needs almost 69 million new teachers.  

We are currently in the process of applying for our ANBI (Dutch abbreviation for: Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling) status which would allow for Dutch donors to donate tax free. As soon as we get this status awarded we will raise our first funds and start investing in our first projects. We have been contacting a number of interesting educational projects around the world.

If you know any projects we should look at, or if you have any questions, please reach out to us via the contact form at the bottom of this page.


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