Yesterday, Kidventure Academy and ACE EdVenture Group from Malaysia announced their collaboration in Indonesia starting with Kidventure Academy Preschool in Kensington Royal Suites, Kelapa Gading. The programme there is an unconventional Finnish-Asian hybrid with entrepreneurial education for kids aged 2-6 years old.
ACE EdVenture, founded in 1995 by teacher, CEO, and edupreneur, Anne Tham, runs multiple language centres and two international schools, Sri Emas International School, and Dwi Emas International School (Malaysia’s first ever entrepreneurial school), to date. Entrepreneurial education, which is taught to children (6-17 years old) through their Powerpreneur Programme, is what sets this education movement apart from the norm as they believe that entrepreneurial skills are what our children need to thrive in the future. Yulianti Gunawan, mother of 4 and CEO of Kidventure Academy added, “Entrepreneurship is a skillset and a way of thinking. We’re passionate about empowering kids to innovate, create, and discover their potential.”
With a 25-year track record of success, ACE EdVenture is the authority in unconventional education that prioritises fun and engagement with their students while preparing them with exam rigour, an element that’s still very important in Asia. When interviewed about this collaboration with Jakarta and Finland, Anne said, “Finland’s education which incorporates so much play is recognised as the best the world over, but it’s still a very foreign concept to parents in Asia. We (ACE EdVenture) have the expertise in the fun and holistic approach to serious academic subjects, but still retains the Asian values. That’s where we come in. Together, we form a hybrid that merges the best of both worlds that we feel would work well for Asian families looking for quality education that will equip their kids well for their future.” “Through this school, we hope more parents will understand that entrepreneurship mindset and technology can be taught from an early age, added Yulianti who is also known as Iyoel.
The Finnish components that parents can expect at Kidventure Academy are TinyApp’s core pedagogy (developed by Taina Mikkola and Dr. Rintakorpi Kati) and their smart pedagogical assistant that helps teachers and parents visualise their children’s learning and development, and Kide Science, a programme that teaches kids aged 3 to 8 years old science through play. Additionally, TinyApp’s pedagogy will involve EdTech like teaching kids coding through LEGO Education from the time they start at Kidventure Academy.
Kidventure Academy’s preschool is the first of this collaboration’s movement to reinvent education in Jakarta. Parents can be on the lookout for Kidventure Academy primary and secondary schools with the Finnish-Asian entrepreneurial programme within the next 3 years.