“I wanted to make friends and study and
play—that’s part of why I wanted to go to
class. Before, it was harder to make friends.”
“My sister told me about what she was learning—about the poetry and language classes. I was craving to study, too, but my mother wouldn’t allow me because the trail to the centre is rough. She was worried I would fall and hurt myself,” recalls Motalab.
Teacher Shahin Jannat, 20, came to Motalab’s family’s shelter and convinced his mother to allow Motalab to attend class. For a month Shahin held his hand, safely guiding him back and forth between the Learning Centre and his shelter—a task his younger sister now helps him with.
Since attending the Learning Centre his mood has visibly brightened, he is more outgoing and says he enjoys poetry.