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Originally produced for UNICEF

In the Bangla language there are three ways of talking to people depending on their age but before I went to the Hard to Reach school I didn’t know what they were. I used bad language all the time. And I didn’t keep clean. I couldn’t write my name.

I work as a weaver, making saris. I’ve been working at the factory for 2 years, from 8am to 9pm. It was my idea to get a job. I was hanging out on the street and knew other children who were working and they told me that this workshop was taking on new people, so I followed them and asked for a job. Then I went home and told my parents. I get Tk250 per week, which I give to my parents.

The supervisor of the Hard to Reach school came to our workshop to talk to the employer to ask him to release the children for education. I decided on my own that I wanted to go. The teacher didn’t speak to my parents. I told them what I was going to do. These days I take my lunch at 2pm and go the Hard to Reach school from 3 to 5pm, and then I go back to work.

Anwar, 13 years, weaver