India aims for universal education

Your Education is Our World

Raziya Khatoum is wading through a mountain of syringes, human waste, discarded paper and plastic bags.

The eldest of six children, she has been earning a living for herself and her family, by working as a rag-picker in a garbage dump near her home.

Although she is 12 years old, Raziya has never seen the inside of a classroom, but dreams that she could one day go to school like other children.

“I’d like to study but since my family has no money, I can’t afford to go to a school,” she says.

She has no choice; as a rag-picker, she can earn up to $0.25 cents for selling salvageable material from the waste dumps to wholesale dealers in one of Delhi’s busy markets.

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