From a Working Boy to a Budding Cricketer

Sujon Chandra Sen, (15)adolescent boy who lives in Bepari para of Kurigram town. His family is financially dependent on Sujon's and his father's income. That is why Sujon had to quit school at grade VIII and start working at a grocery store to earn money and support his family.

Sujon was registered as a working child and became part of a Learning and Recreation Centre LRC as a result of the Jagoron (Working Children project located in Kurigram, Lalbagh, Dhaka City and Chittagong City corporations). The Centre helps the community's working children to have some fun, leisure time as well as learning opportunities after work every day except Friday. Within a short time, Sujon's presence was felt.

He was empowered and a quick learner and became the voice of his Centre. He was an active participant in the community awareness program on child marriage, sexual harassment, dowry and other matters.

Sujon took a leading role in forming the Central Children Forum and was elected as the assistant secretary of the forum. The forum is a body of active 7-11 year old children representing each Learning and Recreation Centre.

The Central Forum is comprised of the representatives of the Learning forums. He started playing a very active role in his newly acquired position. The forum organizes regular and special programs on various issues such as health campaigns, observance of days and the like.

With the help of the project Sujon was readmitted to class VIII at the M.A. Sattar High School. He loves to play cricket and became the best opening batsman in inter-school cricket competition and received a lot of appreciation.Sujon and his younger brother also got birth certificates, immunizations shots against swine flu, tetanus and polio.

They got doses of vitamins E and A. He is now a key learner at the LRC. He often speaks about nutrition to LRC children and families. His journey has not been an easy one. But thanks to the project staff Sujon is a budding cricketer and an active young boy.

"Jogoron Project helped me with my self-confidence and gave me the capacity to change my life by learning important subjects like Child Rights. I am a conscious person now. My family is happy for me and I feel proud of myself, too", said Sujon.

He thanks Save the Children for bringing opportunities to working children and changing their lives. Sujon's own parents are now more interested in letting him get an education. He wants to be a cricketer or a businessman having completed his education.


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