Wednesday, October 17, 2018 04:52:04 PM
Not long ago, it was just around two years back when Antor Ahmed felt jealous if anyone walked past him attiring school dress with books or backpack.
He wished if he could study in school. "I always felt jealous that why I cannot wear school dress, cannot go to
school and cannot study," said 10-year-old boy Antor, who used to work at a furniture shop in Rajshahi city.
Parents of the ill-fated boy, who lives at a Koitapukur slum in Rajshai city, did not allow him to study as they thought pursuing education is worthless.
"My parents thought that it would be more effective and beneficial, if I go to work and earn some penny," he continued.
"But my dream came true around two years back when I got a chance to enrol in a school and to study there," added Antor, who is now studying in class II.
Not only Antor, 200 more underprivileged children are now getting the opportunity to study in a school.
'Alor Pothe Biddyaniketon' (school on the way to light) has come up with the opportunity for the slum children in Rajshahi city.
Another class II student Abdul Halim, who used to collect wastes and scraps from dustbins and streets, now can write paragraphs in English.
"I want to study. I want to be a police officer in future," said Halim, who now spends most of the time of a day with study.
The school was founded in 2015 by a youth Abu Zafar, who has come up with the hope of light of education for slum children.
A post-graduate Zafar has abandoned ordinary life of a better job, high salary, career or something else for what everybody runs after.
His struggle started from 2003 when he just completed his masters. One day some children of the slum came to him and requested him to teach them. That was the beginning. He started teaching the student.
As days were going on, his passion to teach the underprivileged children was accelerating.
Zafar started preparing list of children at the slum and its adjacent areas. Then bought old books and other academic materials from shops and began teaching the slum students on an open sky.
At the beginning, Zafar faced many difficulties. The slum dwellers did not like his initiative as they think it would be economically harmful to them.
People thought that the children could earn money, if they work instead of study, said Zafar.
"Even, many parents did not allow their children to go to study to me. Many people misbehaved to me," he lamented.
Being frustrated, Zafar gave up his initiative, came to Dhaka and joined a job. But the children started phone call daily requesting him to return to Rajshahi.
At one stage, Zafar accepted the request of children and went back to Rajshahi. But this time, he found a different scenario. All the slum dwellers were cooperating him.
"Earlier, we had a wrong perception. But now we have understood that education is very important. Now, we send our children to the teacher (Zafar) and help him as per our capacity," Khaleq Miah, a slum dweller and rickshaw
puller by profession.
Later in 2015, Zafar with cooperation of other slum dwellers took lease of 4 katha land and establish the school there.
Currently, over 200 students are studying in the school and four youths are working there as teachers voluntarily without any remuneration. Zafar, who runs a small business for earning livelihood, spends one-fourth of his earnings to run the school.
The school now gets books from local education office, said Zafar with an urge to the government and affluent people of the society to come forward for the welfare of underprivileged children.
ICC World Cup (WC) Trophy will arrive in Bangladesh today as part of its worldwide 'Trophy Tour' ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 scheduled to be held in England.The trophy will be visiting Bangladesh's three cities - Dhaka, Sylhet and Chattogram over five days period. It will be displayed ...
AFP, Colombo :The Maldives' top court rejected on Tuesday three "secret" witnesses offered by President Abdulla Yameen in his petition to have his September election defeat annulled, in what is likely a major blow to his case.The refusal came as the Supreme Court concluded its hearings, which also saw Yameen ...
AFP, San Francisco :Paul Allen, who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in the 1970s and later went on to become an investor, philanthropist and sports team owner, died Monday after his latest battle with cancer at age 65."My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul ...
Nicole Kidman says she had married Tom Cruise for love and tying the knot with the actor inadvertently shielded her from being sexually harassed in Hollywood. The 51-year-old actor, who was married to Cruise for 11 years, said after their divorce in 2001, she had to start looking after herself. ...
QUESTION paper leaks have become epidemic before all public exams, university admission tests, and job recruitment tests during the current administration allegedly by some students and unscrupulous teachers along with office staffs. Detectives in recent times busted dens of criminals involved in the question leakage but the unholy nexus between ...
AP, Frisco :The U.S. women's national team breezed through CONCACAF qualifying to secure a spot in the World Cup next year in France.The Americans still have to face Canada."Just because we qualified for the World Cup doesn't mean we're going to take our foot off the gas," Alex Morgan said. ...
"Fearless" young batting stars Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant will be India's special weapons during their upcoming tour of Australia, according to captain Virat Kohli.Hailing the roles of 18-year-old Shaw and 21-year-old Pant in the two-Test victory over the West Indies, Kohli said they had been given free rein to ...
Reuters, Washington :Saudi Arabia on Sunday warned against threats to punish it over last week's disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as European leaders piled on pressure and two more US executives scrapped plans to attend a Saudi investor conference.Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post columnist critical of Riyadh's policies, ...
AFP, London :Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting a baby in the spring of 2019, they announced on Monday as they began a Pacific tour."The Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Sussex is ...
Bollywood stars Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan, who are in Switzerland to shoot for their upcoming action-drama Simmba, look all geared up for the weekend and their recent picture is a proof! Taking to her Instagram, Sara shared snaps from the set in which she can be seen posing ...
The Editors' Council will form a human chain in front of the National Press Club today (Monday) to press for amendments to nine sections of the Digital Security Act. Earlier, the Council postponed the same program following an assurance from three ministers including the information minister Hasanul Haq Inu that ...
PTI, Washington :US President Donald Trump has said that he wants people with merit, who can help, to enter the country and not sneak inside the border illegally."I'm very tough at the borders. We've been very tough at the borders. People have to come into our country legally, not illegally. ...