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2006.11.16
While many children go home after school to do their homework or play with friends, 12-year-old Meskerem Geremew hits the streets. She would rather go home but she needs to earn the money to pay for her education. Soundbite (Amharic) Meskerem Geremew, 12 years old: “I know that it’s important to go to school because a child isn’t supposed to be working and I have a dream to be somebody in the future. I want to be a teacher I want to go to other countries and learn English. And I want to change my family’s life.” Here in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, shoeshining is a competitive business and Meskerem is one of the only girls who does it. She gets about one Ethiopian bir or 20 U.S. cents a shine – money that pays for her school fees and books and also provides some food for her mother and four younger siblings. Since her father died last year, she’s the only breadwinner in her immediate family. After a couple of years out of school, Meskerem now attends Tebeb Mengel Primary, a fee-paying public school which costs her 15 bir or two U.S. dollars a month. She’s in grade four. Soundbite (Amharic) Meskerem Geremew, 12 years old: “I want to become an HIV AIDS counsellor because there are a lot of people who have died because of AIDS and there are so many vulnerable young people out on the streets who are having sex and could easily get infected. I want to help them.” Meskerem is an exceptional girl but her drive and determination to go to school is typical of a growing generation of Ethiopian girls who are fighting poverty and gender inequality in order to get themselves educated. Soundbite (Amharic) Meskerem Geremew, 12 years old: “Education is nice for me and for everybody else. It is the thing that can get you anywhere. With an education, you can be anybody you want to be.” In Addis Ababa, this is Dan Thomas reporting for UNICEF Television.. UNITE for Children *** Asset Name : 12-year-old Ethiopian girl shines shoes to pay for her own education Asset Duration: 02 min 29 secs Shoot City: Addis Ababa Shoot Country: Ethiopia Shoot Date: Apr 18 2006
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