SOLS 24/7

The Challenge

  • Inaccessibility of education to children of underprivileged backgrounds is particularly acute in developing countries, which lack strong public school systems and perpetuate a cycle of poverty Many children are unable to attend school because their families need them to work to generate enough income for food and other necessities.
  • Many children who drop out of the public school system are at risk of becoming street children, involved in drugs, prostitution, or human trafficking.

The Innovation

  • A rapid and intensive English learning system designed around patterns in the way the mind learns provides students with immediate results and fluency in as little as three months. In many developing and tourism-reliant economies, English skills are valuable and can quickly lead to employment.
  • A tiered pricing business model where English students from developed countries help subsidise the cost of educating underprivileged students.
  • A school that provides free meals to its students so they don’t have to go hungry as they study.

The Impact

  • Over the past decade, SOLS 24/7 has educated 60,000 children from underprivileged backgrounds in Cambodia and East Timor.
  • SOLS students are widely recognised by the international NGO community in these countries, where many of their graduates have gone on to work with or teach for major NGOs.