Char children start earning from childhood, deprived of edn
CHAR FASSON, BHOLA, Dec 8: The children in the char areas start earning from their childhood as it is not possible for their poor fathers to earn livelihood alone.
River attracts Akhter, 12, very much than school. The Meghna River devoured their house. He did not get chance to cross the school corridor, but he has already crossed the eroded riverbank several times.
He cannot count the number of his math book, but he is capable enough to count the shrimp fries collected from the river. He chooses the net and sometimes the steer of fishing boat instead of books for the sake of livelihood.
In this way, the future of the children of Char Kukri Mukri and Dhalchar like Akhter is being lost by the wave of the Meghna River.
The government has taken many initiatives for the education of children, but it is not effective here. The children are being sent to work instead of school. No one took initiative to bring back them to school.
More girl children go to school than the boys, because it is not possible to send the girls for fishing and hard work in the field. But they also contribute to the family.
Their names are registered in the attendance copy of the school. But they are involved with many works. Sufia, Poly, Malati, Jhorna and Rubina collect straw near dam.
The government and the non-government organisations have statistics of the rate of school admission and child development in different sectors. The socio-economic issues are connected with the children's growth. The teenage boy has to help his labourer father. The girl child has to do many works from her childhood.
The ten-shed houses are being built in the char areas though they are the victims of storm, water surge and river erosion. They also use solar light in the houses. The houses, haats and bazaars, and the roads of tourism-based Char Kukri-Mukri and Dhalchar are illuminated by the solar light. The light is also used in the fishing boats.
The solar-light enlightens the houses of Dwipchar, but it can't enlighten the life of the children of the char area.