Ima dreams of being an "agent for good".
She’s had this dream since watching a TV show at a neighbour’s house where special agents were catching "bad guys". As much as she wants this, she knows it’s not possible without an education. But she’s not in school right now.
Ima, 11, spends her days working at a shrimp depot in Bangladesh, desperately trying to keep her fingers warm from all the ice by wrapping them in strips of cloth. She often cuts her fingers peeling away the sharp outer shells of the shrimp. But she must keep working.
Ima hopes that if she can attend a World Vision learning centre in her community, she’ll gain access to education again and the chance to follow her dream.
Every child has the right to an education. Yet many children like Ima are missing out on school altogether.
Poverty and the high demand for cheap labour in countries like Bangladesh often force children to drop out of school to start working to create a better life for their families. But by leaving school early, they are much more likely to remain trapped in poverty because they’re not learning skills that can help them earn a decent living in adulthood.
In Bangladesh and other developing countries, World Vision is working to help get children like Ima back into school.
We help set up informal learning centres in city neighbourhoods where working and other out-of-school children can learn basic reading, writing and maths with the end goal of starting in – or re-entering – the formal school system.
We also work to raise awareness amongst parents and other caregivers and the wider community about the importance of education for children’s wellbeing and future life chances.
At the same time, we support families like Ima’s to develop new income sources so they can send their children to school instead of out to work.
In 2016, we made a real impact through a project targeting working children and their families in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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