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Burdened from birth: Children raised in poverty earn 87% less as adults

  • Dedek Hendry, Markus Makur and Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

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Bengkulu/East Nusa Tenggara/Bali   /   Wed, November 20, 2019   /  08:00 am
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Robi Anto, a junior high school student in Bengkulu, sells live shrimp for bait on November 15.(JP/Dedek Hendry)

Under a sagging wooden shelter in Bengkulu City, Bengkulu, junior high school student Robi Anto lifts a tray containing dozens of shrimp that he and his father caught the day before. Although the part-time prawn fisherman admitted that he was not at the top of his class, he said he was determined to try his best to enroll in a university to realize his lifelong dream of becoming an entrepreneur. “[…] so that I won’t always be poor. I don’t want my future children to be like me, struggling to even eat three times a day,” said Robi, a recipient of the government's school subsidy program, Smart Indonesia Card (KIP), whose favorite school subject is science. He lives in the province with the second highest rate of urban poverty in Indonesia. In East Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), junior high school student Vergilius Delfiano Jun has set his h...