Madenjit shortlisted for US$1m Global Teacher Prize


MALAYSIA: School dropout Madenjit Singh, who founded an NGO offering free two-year training and boarding program providing life skills for disadvantaged youths in Southeast Asia, is in the running for a US$1m prize for teachers.

Madenjit, who had set up the Science of Life Studies 24/7 (SOLS 24/7) with his two sons, is among the 10 shortlisted for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize.

The award from the foundation is given to a super-special teacher who is currently teaching children in a compulsory setting or between the ages 5-18 are eligible, according to information on the foundation’s website.

In 2012, his outfit won a RM500,000 award from the Better Malaysia Foundation floated by the Vincent Tan, a Malaysian tycoon who had founded the Berjaya Group.

“With great faith in the SOLS 24/7 Science of Language and English training systems, Tan Sri Vincent pledged RM 10 million over the next five years to SOLS 24/7 to build English language learning centres and training initiatives,”according to a report found on SOL 24/7 website on the award.

Madenjit Singh of SOL 27/7 - Photo courtesy of Varkey Foundation
Madenjit Singh of SOL 27/7 – Photo courtesy of Varkey Foundation

A short biography on Madenjit say: “As a school drop-out who only realised the importance of education later in life, he decided to learn as much as possible and become a teacher for the poor.

“A self-starter and autodidact, he created a low-priced monthly motivational magazine that followed the approach of a correspondence course, giving children in rural and poor Malaysian communities access to life skills and knowledge.”

SOL 24/7, which claims more than 100,000 graduates under its belt, says it is running 185 schools in Malaysia, Cambodia, Timor Leste, Laos and India, some in remote villages.

The 10 finalists will be flown to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for the award ceremony on March 15. They were narrowed down from shortlisted candidates chosen from over 5,000 nominations and 1,300 final applications from 127 countries, according a Bernama report. – ASIA SAMACHAR (14 Feb 2015)


[ASIA SAMACHAR is an online newspaper for Sikhs in Southeast Asia and surrounding countries. Go to]



  1. I have had the opportunity to work with Madenjit Singh and his outfit in Kuala Lumpur. I was coordinating a 6 month Basic English Course run by SOLS for the Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur DiRaja. Mandenjit ji I salute you for all the work you have done and will be doing. This is a great achievement.

    It will be great if we could train some of our boys and girls to become volunteers at SOLS Malaysia and learn the technique he uses. He has developed his own way of teaching English and it is very effective. These volunteers could then teach our younger kids and even adults who lack English. When i was there i saw volunteers from all around the world being trained to run this unique program.

    Well done this is a great service.

  2. Its a great achievement by a great soul who has put service above self and made a tremendous difference in the young lives in the remotest and totally neglected segment of soceity . Maden is blind to colour caste race gender .and ethnic background. A true Sikh walking the path. Rab Rakha.