An Inclusive Approach to Empowering Working Children

Samiya, age 15. Her father’s name is Md. Selim and mother’s name is  Jannatul Maowa.  Samaiya has two sisters and one brother. Her father does security guard and mother is a house wife. Samiya is the third children of her parents.  Her father came from Chadpur, Comilla and settled at 12 D, Kalapani, Beguntila, Mirpur-12,Dhaka.  They don’t have any communication with their village. Samiya’s elder sister is working as helper in Garments and earns only 2,500 taka in a month. Her father earns TK 5,000. Her elder brother has completed SSC this year and younger sister is studying in class seven. Samiya started her education life from BRAC School and completed primary school certificate (PSC).  Samiya admitted in class six but could not continue her education due to financial crisis of her family. Her mother engaged her in Karchupi work (informal garments) where she works 7 to 9 hour and earn 400 to 500 Tk in a week. She contributed all her earning amount in her family. During the regular work Samaiya was thinking about her education, she was felt very upset when she watches her friends regularly attending at school. Though Samiya don’t like to do karchupi work, as she has desire to continue her education but due to economic solvency and family wellbeing she sacrifices her dream. She always dreams that one day her family’s financial condition will be better and she will continue her education.

 

In February 2016 she learned about vocational training support for children aged 14 to under 18 children who are in hazardous job from “An Inclusive Approach to Empowering Working Children” funded by AUS Aid Australia & World Vision, Australia  and implementing by TARANGO.  TARANGO staff also visited her area and house to inform about the vocational training support where she will become more skill and have decent job as well as will time to continue her education beside job. Samiya become delighted to imagine that after this training she will become more skill, have decent job where she will work only for 4 to 5 hours and after that she can continue her education. To fulfill her dream Samiya joined 3 months vocational training program at Suchona, Pollobi organized by TARANGO.  After completed the training she joined as helper at ‘Sahida Bostro & Bital situated in Pollobi. As she has to work from morning so she didn’t get time for going to school.  She took another job with the support of TARANGO at ‘Choyonika Tailors’ where she work from evening and have free time in morning for going school. This project support has given her opportunity for regular decent income and re-admitted in school.  In 2017 she admitted at class seven in Paramount High School, Pollobi. Each month she earns 2,500 to 3,000Tk. She received 3,000TK as Eid festival bonus. Samiya’s future dream is to give a tailor shop as Samiya believe that she can be reached her goal through education, hard work and desire. Samiyas’s eagerness, dream and dedication increase value in her family. Now they also encourage her continue education too beside her job.





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