What is SOLS 24/7?
SOLS 24/7 is an award-winning humanitarian organization, committed to serve, educate and empower poor and underserved communities. Through various education and social empowerment programs, we work unconditionally towards transforming underserved communities to develop their true potential and break the cycle of poverty. Using revolutionary and custom-designed models – Science of Languages, Science of Technology and Science of Life – our organization provides free education and social empowerment programs to underserved communities in Malaysia.
- Trained over 325,000 students.
- Established over 100 training centres.
- Over 200 full-time team members from more than 50 countries.
SOLS 24/7 Malaysia is a tax-exempted, not-for-profit organization, registered in Malaysia.
And SOLS 24/7 Social Enterprises is registered as an Impact Driven for profit.
We currently run 12 programs across Malaysia:
1. Community Centres
A free education programme specializing in English, IT and Character Development, delivered at the grassroots level to marginalized and disadvantaged communities, resulting in high-impact, long-lasting social change.
An innovative training and boarding programme delivered for free to indigenous youth in Sabah, aiming to improve education, enhance skills and increase employability. The vision is to construct Malaysia’s first bamboo campus and offer up to 1,000 boarding placements.
3. SOLS Academy of Innovation (SOLS ai)
A highly structured training and boarding programme delivered for free to school dropouts and indigenous youth, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and exposure to acquire jobs in the education, IT and renewable energy sectors.
A government-endorsed online support and collaboration platform assisting the nonprofit sector in Malaysia. Through the power of volunteering, networking, grant opportunities, events and collaboration, NGOHub aims to empower the nonprofit sector to battle Malaysia’s social issues and challenges.
5. Community Library
A library-building initiative that fights to bring the love of reading to underprivileged communities nationwide. Community Library has set up 42 libraries so far, bringing the power of books to orphanages, NGOs and Orang Asli communities since 2014.
6. SOLS Health
A pioneer community mental health service, providing mental health therapy, nutritional, dietary and career counseling, workshops, shadow aides and training at subsidized rates to underprivileged communities, ensuring all have access to adequate mental health assistance.
A technology refurbishing initiative that aims to solve two problems: eliminating e-waste and promoting digital literacy. SOLS Tech is a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, with a mission to recycle technology, donate them to underprivileged communities, enable NGOs to harness the power of technology and alleviate poverty.
A passionate advocate against climate change, SOLS Energy is a solar energy specialist in the design, installation and maintenance of solar energy systems for residential, commercial and industrial properties.
A passionate advocate for digital education and literacy, SOLS Smart provides the tools and systems for teachers and students to integrate into 21st Century technology. As one of seven Google Education Partners in Asia and an official Cambridge English Language Assessment Centre, SOLS Smart is two of our strengths put together: education and technology.
A scholarship development programme that works with partners to nurture and develop underprivileged high school leavers to obtain their tertiary education and become employable upon graduation. Our enrichment framework covers development in academic skills, soft skills, social awareness, a safe and positive living space and meals daily.
11. SOLS Edu
SOLS Edu is a structured online learning system that takes the form of an in-house online application. It is our attempt to bring digital education to underserved communities in Malaysia by combining both our strengths: education and technology. It is designed to harness all the benefits of digital education and deliberate practice, with the ultimate aim to teach English to anyone, anytime and anywhere, making English accessible for all.
12. Bahasa Inggeris 1Malaysia (BI1M)
An education programme delivered in partnership with the Malaysian Ministry of Finance across Malaysia to enhance the level of English proficiency among working adults and students with the aim to improve employability and relatability with the world.
SOLS 24/7 Malaysia envisions that people from all communities – regardless of race, religion or gender – will have access to education and social empowerment services, resulting in developed societies with equal opportunities for all
To continue developing poor and underserved communities through the implementation of holistic education and social empowerment programs.
Our organization’s programs are funded in part through the monetary support of our partners and founder. To continue our ongoing research and social service operations, our Director dedicated much of his wealth, including more than 80% of business profits, to the operation of our education programs. We also manage scholarships and other social enterprise initiatives to ensure our organization’s sustainability.
SOLS 24/7 Malaysia has three operational pillars to deliver holistic and sustainable solutions for poor and underserved communities. Under these operational pillars, there exists two program pillars: Education and Social Empowerment.
Science of Language
SOLS 24/7 has developed an innovative and systematic way of teaching a language in the same way a child learns its native language from parents and community. This is essentially why our programs are so effective and successful.
Science of Technology
SOLS 24/7 believes that digital literacy is vital to breaking the cycle of poverty. Our programs are hands-on and real-world applications designed to eliminate digital illiteracy in poor and underserved communities.
Science of Life
SOLS 24/7 prepares students to fully develop their true potential through our holistic leadership development and character building programs, to nurture strong positive values to enable students to face challenges in all areas in life.
Google Professional Development Partner
Only non-profit organisation in Malaysia to have this status.
Authorised Centre (MY498)
Cambridge English Language Assessment Centre – United Kingdom
JPK Accredited Centre
HRDF – Class A Contractor
English Language programmes
Malaysian Collective Impact Initiative (MCII)
Give2Asia Network Member 2016
Member of Give2Asia’s network of charitable partners
MSC Status Company
Recognition by the Government of Malaysia through the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
SEDA and Suruhanjaya Tenaga
Licensed Service Provider (SEDA) & Licensed Contractor (ST) for our solar programmes
IDE (Impact Driven Enterprises)
Accredited with Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre
Member of Malaysia’s Federation of Manufactures.
Members of Malaysia’s renewable energy agencies.
Tax Exempted Green Technology Service Provider.
Our organization has received international recognition for its achievements and has been the recipient of awards including the UNESCO Wenhui Award for Educational Innovation 2016 and the Europa Sustainability Award for Best Education Program 2012 EUMCCI.
Our Value Proposition
For youth and adults who are not satisfied with the access to quality education, or are unable to afford school or extra classes, SOLS 24/7 Malaysia provides a platform for a holistic, flexible and easily implementable system of education that works with the community and for the community. Additionally, with locations throughout the country, SOLS 24/7 Malaysia provides a large community service outreach platform for individuals passionate about social change. This, combined with committed local and international trainers and volunteers, brings about positive change through education, social empowerment and community development.
Founded in 2000 by Teacher Raj Ridvan Singh, his father and his brother, SOLS 24/7 began in Cambodia and quickly grew into one of the largest non-formal education providers in the country at that time. This represents the beginning of the non-governmental organization’s revolutionary education system and mission to provide service to humanity. Following the success in Cambodia, Teacher Raj traveled to Timor Leste in 2005 to set up SOLS 24/7 Timor Leste in a period of heightened civil unrest. His team was forced to evacuate the country, but returned in 2006 to open the first main training center in Dili. SOLS 24/7 Timor Leste became the largest non-formal education providers in the country. SOLS 24/7 Malaysia was set up by Teacher Raj and began operations in 2007 in his hometown of Malacca before moving its first Youth Development Centre and Headquarters to Kuala Lumpur in 2012. In 2014, Teacher Raj was the only remaining founder in SOLS 24/7. There are now SOLS 24/7 training centres and programs throughout Malaysia with SOLS 24/7 offices in Netherlands, Indonesia and United States. The vision is to bring SOLS 24/7 programs and services to countries throughout the world.
The SOLS 24/7 team has developed and implemented high impact, scalable and cost effective programmes to increase the quality of life of underserved communities. We exercise these programmes through many diverse sectors: education, technology, mental health, renewable energy and social empowerment.
Over 300,000 individuals have benefitted from SOLS 24/7’s innovative programmes and projects. It has grown into one of the leading humanitarian organizations in Malaysia and ASEAN.
SOLS 24/7 is a Cambridge English Language Assessment Authorized Centre and one of seven Google for Education partners in Asia. Our team works on nation building with government ministries, corporations, philanthropists and foundations.
Leading the team of passionate changemakers is educational revolutionist and social entrepreneur Teacher Raj Ridvan Singh. With more than 20 years in the social service sector, he began his career at 14-years old, co-founding an NGO in Cambodia to provide free education and personal development to Cambodian youth. When he became the youngest Microsoft Computer Systems Engineer in ASEAN, Teacher Raj once again faced the choice of continuing his budding career in Malaysia or sacrificing financial success for the life of a social worker in ASEAN. At the tender age of 17, he made his choice.
Today, Teacher Raj is a multi-award winning humanitarian. Through SOLS 24/7, he has designed and implemented education and community development programs for entire communities. His life’s mission is to create a platform for all those who want to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate. This platform is SOLS 24/7. He has the unshakable belief that serving and educating others can be made into a way of life that anyone can and should assume. This belief manifests in his propensity to share knowledge and actively engage in his personality as a Teacher-Leader and mentor.
SOLS 24/7 represents his vision for this belief. It is a focusing lens, that collects the talent, hard work and raw passion of hundreds of individuals, refines them in the forge of his leadership, then directs this remarkable energy at underprivileged communities.
It has been 17 years since SOLS 24/7 was born. Together the SOLS Team and Teacher Raj continue to serve, educate and empower underserved communities and hope to inspire and engage passionate youth worldwide to join in the movement to serve the needy.