Bangladesh has nearly half a million young people with no family, no proper home and no steady job.
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SV: Young man chipping bricks.
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SV: Young man selling magazines on pavement
SV: Girl making bead necklaces
SV: Youngsters picking waste paper from street and putting it in sacks.
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Background: Bangladesh has nearly half a million young people with no family, no proper home and no steady job. But the government has hopes under its next Five Year Plan, of providing at least some of them with basic education and teaching them a skilled trade.
SYNOPSIS: They are boys and girls who have lost touch with their parents, or been abandoned. They pick up any casual work they can. The money they earn is just about enough for a good meal at the end of the day.
The government wants to train them to do more socially useful work. The country is short of skilled technicians. The plan is to set up training institutes exclusively for these drifting teenagers. When they have acquired a skill, it is hoped that they will settle into steady jobs in mills and factories. While they are training the government will provide for their food and lodging. Most of them now have to cook for themselves.
Nearly two million dollars have been earmarked for the project; and offers of help have also come from West Germany, the netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and New Zealand.