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Reducing Myanmar’s Child Workforce, One Lesson at a Time

What happens when you give "street kids" a scholarship that's a lot like a monthly salary? #projectliteracy

Aye Aye Thinn, center, instructing S4SK students in Hlegu, Myanmar. Photo by Sabrina Toppa.

In Hlegu, Myanmar, young Myant Min Myint was bent on the ground, watching electrical wires shake with incandescent sparks. Next to him, his father worked deliberately, twisting electrical wires from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. While other children in rural Myanmar attended school, Myant would assist his electrician father around the district. At 12 years of age, Myant was performing menial tasks in exchange for 5,000 kyat (almost $4) per day.

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