Time to Play


Mohsin, 12, is no longer working in a book bindery. Now he attends school and has time to play with his friends.

Mohsin worked every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and earned 30 cents a week. He yearned to read books, not carry them in the book bindery where he worked, but his family was too poor for him to quit work and attend school. 

Fortunately, Mohsin began to attend an informal education center. A year later, the staff thought he was ready to quit working and enter formal school.

“Before enrolling a child in our school, we test them, and based on their performance, we admit them in a suitable class,” says Mohommed Naushad, headmaster at Primary School Kanya in Meerut.

Mohsin was able to test into grade two at Mohommed’s school. Now, when Mohsin leaves his house each morning, he takes his prized possession—his schoolbag.

“I love my school books,” he says. “I enjoy school. I like studying English the most. I enjoy math and Hindi too.”

Mohsin continues to attend the center in the afternoons when he leaves school, and now he has time to play cricket with his friends, too. He feels healthier and happier, and while he once said he did not like his life, he now dreams of the future

 “When I grow up, I want to be a police officer,” Mohsin says. “I want to run fast and catch all the thieves, but I want to finish studying first. Without going to school, I will not become a good police officer.”

His mother has seen a transformation in him that reassures her that she made the right decision.

“Even if there is no money in the house, I will still send Mohsin to school,” Kanij says. “I will never stop his education. Mohsin smiles more often now; he is happier. I want a good life for my child.”

Photo©2016 World Vision, Mahima Shashank

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