The Struggle to Buy High School Textbooks

A year’s worth of textbooks for a Grade Nine student studying in rural Bangladesh cost over 900 taka. Many can’t afford it – and many drop out. In fact, of all the children that enroll in school, only 54% of them are still in school by the age of ten. Individual poverty is a big factor as is the lack of infrastructure and general lack of access to education.

During my latest trip to Tangail District, I got to meet Mohammed Hossain – a Grade Nine student who didn’t have the 900 taka necessary to buy his books for the year. Fortunately, 900 taka is just 13 bucks. And, having liquidated my savings for my Xbox 360, there was more than enough money to buy all the books for him. To show his thanks, after he got his books, he sang a couple of songs for my grandmother and I. 🙂

Checking out the Textbooks

The desk he is examining the books on is the same desk I talked about in this post. We painted it to make it waterproof before donating (thus the paint brush on the table).

Mohammed Checks Out the Textbooks

There are a couple of more photos on my page on Flickr.

7 Responses to “The Struggle to Buy High School Textbooks”


  1. 1 Zak

    Hey,

    Do you have the full song of the kid singing the song in this video “Tumi jodi hoaw amar provhu? Since I heard this, I can’t get it out of my head. Also, I will be be in BD in July maybe we can hang out one day. Let me know and have a good one.

    Zak..

  2. 2 Shawn

    Hey Zak – I think I do have the full song. But halfway through my cellphone starts ringing (my parents were calling from Canada). I only used the portion that was not interrupted.

  3. 3 Shawn

    Hey Zak – I think I do have the full song. But halfway through my cellphone starts ringing (my parents were calling from Canada). I only used the portion that was not interrupted.

  4. 4 Zak

    That suxs!!! I do like the song. Anyway thanks though.

  5. 5 Samisam

    I AGREE ITS RIDICULOUS THE AMOUNT OF CHILDREN THAT CANT AFFORD BOOKS OR HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE ONES BEING USED AND THEY SHOUDL ALL BE ABLE TO HAVE THIER OWN

  6. 6 Samisam

    I AGREE ITS RIDICULOUS THE AMOUNT OF CHILDREN THAT CANT AFFORD BOOKS OR HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE ONES BEING USED AND THEY SHOUDL ALL BE ABLE TO HAVE THIER OWN

  7. 7 David,

    It’s actually a great and useful piece of information. I’m glad
    that you just shared this useful information with us. Please keep
    us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

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