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Poor kids burdened from birth

  • Dedek Hendry, Markus Makur and Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

Bengkulu/East Nusa Tenggara/Bali   /   Wed, November 20 2019   /  12:04 am
Trying to get by: Robi Anto, a junior high school student in Bengkulu, mans a humble stall selling live shrimp for bait, on Friday.(JP/Dedek Hendry)(JP/Dedek Hendry)

Trying to get by: Robi Anto, a junior high school student in Bengkulu, mans a humble stall selling live shrimp for bait, on Friday.(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.“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, Indonesia Smart 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...