Presently, approximately 200,000 Malaysians, especially those in rural areas, still live without access to electricity. Candles and kerosene lamps are normal sources of lighting at night for these underprivileged communities. These electricity substitutes are not only expensive but also hazardous to health and the environment. More importantly, school-going children are not able to study or do their homework at night, thus, adversely impacting their academic performance.

“Education is the movement from darkness to light.” 

- Allan Bloom

The Beginning

The ELS Light Up! Initiative was launched on 29th November 2015 during ELS Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary Dinner. This new initiative is among ELS’ CSR strategies to address the basic needs of underprivileged communities alongside promoting English language education in Malaysia.

THe Pledge

The ELS Light Up! Initiative will donate 3,000 mini solar LED lamps to underprivileged communities in Malaysia without access to electricity supply. For every new student registered for the Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP), ELS will donate one lamp with a personal hand-written message from the student to the recipient.


To address the basic needs of underprivileged communities in Malaysia while adhering to the philosophy of preserving the environment and conserving energy.


  • To provide a safer and more environmental-friendly lighting source to those in areas without access to electricity
  • To help to improve the on-site performance of humanitarian and voluntary organizations with team members working in low-lighting conditions
  • To create awareness of conservation and environmental protection among youth



From December 2015 – October 2016, a total of 847 mini solar LED lights were donated to the following recipients:


  • Kelantan: Orang asli school children in Sindrop, Pos Sigar, Tuel, Kuala tau-u and Pos Brooke through UPM Holdings
  • Pahang: Orang asli villages of Kampung Bertang, Kampung Sg Ulu Ruai in Raub and Kuala Lupis districts through Komuniti Kasih
  • Selangor: Orang asli viallges of Kampung Bulit Tnggul and Kampung Bukit Jenuk, Dengkil area through Office of the State Legislative Assembly, Dengkil, Selangor
  • Sabah: Fire victims in Tawau and communities in the interior of Sabah through Malaysian Volunteer Foundation, Ministry of Higher Education
  • Sarawak: Penan children nursery in the interior of Kubaan-Puak area through World Wild Fund for Nature (formerly World Wildlife Fund), Sarawak


  • St John Ambulance Malaysia (for team members)
  • Selangor Girl Guides Association (for team members)
  • Red Crescent Malaysia (for team members)
  • Mercy Malaysia (for team members)
  • Malaysian Volunteer Foundation, Ministry of Higher Education (for student volunteers’ work in Sarawak and Laos)
  • Persatuan Buku Jalanan Chow Kit (for children night classes in Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur)
About Us

ELS Language Centres Malaysia (ELS Malaysia) is a franchise of the US-based ELS Language Centres. Established in 1990, ELS Malaysia is the nation’s premier English language training centre that offers an unbeatable combination of university-town and city centre study locations that takes pride in its high academic standards and professionally trained instructors.


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