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'Tori' serves to fulfill underprivileged children's dreams

DHAKA, Dec 22, 2017 (BSS) - Tuhin, an eight-year street child, is now quite satisfied as he got an opportunity to carry out education in a school like 'Tori' after his work.

From the very beginning of his childhood, he didn't get any scope of education in school like other children of the society.

"I have no parent...so I didn't get any opportunity to take admission at school since my childhood. But my long nursing dream at last came true as Tori helps me to carry out my study," said a class-four student who lives on selling tea at the Jahangirnagar University (JU) and living with his van- puller uncle near the campus.

"We had no other way to continue my education as my father was suddenly dead when I was in class eight and then 'Tori' stood beside me and managed a work (private tutorship) to continue my education since 2013," said Nargis Akther, a first-year (honors) student of Dhamrai National College.

Tori, a social welfare organisation, founded by a group of students of JU, basically has been motivating the street children toward education and providing them coaching in free of cost since 2008.

Tori has no fund to assist the rootless street children financially, but it try to manage work for them as they can run their education smoothly with their own efforts, said Shafiqul Islam Sakib, founder and president of the organisation.

"More than 100 rootless street children are now taking primary education from Tori and its 30 members are regularly proving the relentlessly education programme for them," said Sakib, a student of 42nd batch of the JU History Department.

Tori takes classes in three days a week which are mostly held under the open sky or corridor of the cafeteria and also at any open place of the social science faculty inside the campus.

Along with providing education, Tori also arranging various entertainment programmes like recitation of poetry, dance and songs. The organisation also provides foods among its students.

"We repeatedly urged the authority of the university to give a permanent place inside the campus for running the programme, but didn't get any response," said the president of Tori.

He urged people from all spheres of life to come forward and participate with this initiative for educating the rootless street children so that they can fulfill their dreams under the light of education.