HABIGANJ, Bangladesh: When Joy Sudip Bhadro wasn't toiling away on a construction site in Singapore, he could be found outside a polytechnic, gazing in awe as students streamed in and out of the school gates. To Singaporeans, it is nothing special to see. But to this Bangladeshi, it was a whole new world, one he never had a chance to be part of and could only watch from afar. As he observed the students, he thought about how he was unable to complete high school owing to financial constraints. He had come to Singapore at the age of 24, earning S$600 a month to support his extended family of 11. "I was a poor man who had absolutely nothing," says the now 42-year-old. He then, by chance, met a Burmese studying for a diploma here and who "now works in an office" — while he, with his primary school certificate, could only do menial work. And Joy knew, he was not the only one. In his small hometown of Habiganj, many youngsters graduating from primary school were faced with unemployment or low-paid, laborious jobs, owing to their lack of technical knowledge. So he dreamt of opening a polytechnic in his town… Read full this story
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