INTRODUCTION: There are over half a million homeless boys in Bangladesh.
GV EXTERIOR & SVs Street boys attending school (3 shots)
GV Children at roadside restaurant (2 shots)
SVs Boys pushing rickshaws (3 shots)
Boys turning glass at factory (2 shots)
SV PAN Line of mopeds with young mechanic CU mechanic fixing bike
SVs Marketplace. Youngsters carrying baskets, selling produce
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Background: INTRODUCTION: There are over half a million homeless boys in Bangladesh. They live and sleep on the streets, and rely on charity to stay alive. But a scheme sponsored by international relief organisations and the Bangladesh government is having some success in improving the boys' prospects in life.
SYNOPSIS: Each morning the street boys go to school, to learn to read and write.
But they are also being trained in a variety of skills, so that they may make a useful contribution to their struggling country's economy. A poor country, Bangladesh has implemented its second five your plan, which places emphasis on industrialisation. Those young boys will, it is hoped, play a part in their country's growth. Many of them have taken jobs left by Urdu- speaking Binaris, who are being repatriated to Pakistan.
Boys like these can now earn almost as much as an unskilled adult worker in Bangladesh.
The moped is becoming a popular, inexpensive means of transport in Bangladesh, and there is a need for trained mechanics. Many boys are also training as car mechanics.
There is always work to be round in the markets. As the streets boys of Bangladesh earn a living, they are being prepared for a brighter future in this developing country.