Hello, we are It Takes An Island.
We are a community platform that helps prepare children for a fast-changing future, by exposing them to learning experiences rooted in real world engagements.
Our experience-driven programs and activities currently focus on children 10 to 16 years old who come from every background.
Founded in 2017, IT TAKES AN ISLAND derives from the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child,” embodying our belief that learning extends beyond home and school, and that it will take an entire island to help children realise their full potential.
The beginnings of It Takes An Island happened at a hackathon.
Two sisters, its youngest participants, challenged a room full of adults, and shamelessly directed questions at PhD-holding experts. Despite their age they came up with something refreshing and innovative. Needless to say, they did not win the hackathon nor did they have the most impressive presentation (albeit the loudest). But they learned new skills, made new friends, and were inspired to feed their curiosity.
The experience also inspired their parents and their friends to organise another hackathon, this time more tailored for children.
In less than a month, the small group, through its network of experts and volunteers, and partnership with an activity centre, mounted its first kids’ hackathon.
The fully booked and well-received event led to enquiries from other parents for similar future activities, and also sparked interest from corporations and schools. Clearly, the idea for experience-driven learning beyond the four walls of home and classroom was catching on.
As they say, the rest is history, and there has been no looking back since.
Real Life Exposure
All Programs by It Takes
An Island are grounded in
the real world and not
limited to the theoretical. This means children are
exposed to real problems,
real companies and real
Internalization of learning
happens when it is applied. That’s why our programs
are not lectures but all
experiences driving to
tangible objectives such
as a product or solution.
The world isn’t so simple
when it comes to people. Learning to work together
and respect each other’s
strengths will build great
team players and
Even the strongest
influences can die over
time and this is why we
digital solutions. This way, children can be
assisted to continue their
journey of discovery.