The Myanmar-based organization 'Scholarships for Street Kids' (S4SK) offers payments for school attendance. In Myanmar, approximately 20 percent of children between the ages of 10 and 18 participate in the national labor force. Unfortunately, children are often forced to drop out of school in order to keep their jobs and continue supporting their families.
S4SK aims to help children go back to school by offering them a monthly salary to do so. The organization recognizes that when children attend school they are not able to provide their families with the extra income they would make if they were working. In order to reduce a family's dependence on a child's income, S4SK offers payments for school attendance. The classes span from one to three hours and they help to provide children with basic knowledge of Burmese, English, math and other subjects. The nature of these classes allows children to continue their education without forcing their families to give up the extra income.
The scholarship program helps to wean families off of a reliance on child labor by recognizing the realities of rural poverty.
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