I want to tell you the story of the hardships I have seen in my life. First, let me tell you that my name is Manhal, I am 14 years old and I lost my father when I was little. I live in a very small house with my mother and my little brothers. I was very happy when I joined school, from the first day to the 6th grade. In school, I started to understand life better and I realized what a big burden lay on my mother who was supporting us on her own. I wanted to leave school and go work in the street in order to help my mother in supporting my brothers. I did not know what else to do. I was confused, should I abandon my future and dreams? I did not want to do that.
My aunt’s husband, who is a well educated school teacher, saw my confusion and told me "listen my son, knowledge and school is an obligation and duty to all Muslims, it is your way to fight ignorance and you must continue your education". My mother also told me that each of us has duties and rights in society and that if I wanted to serve my country I should go to school because with the knowledge i’ll gain I can help my country. She told me “you are my eldest son and I will be very proud of you when you finish your education and graduate from school, it will show how strong you are even though you live in a difficult situation.” I was so happy to hear these words and I worked hard to move forward with my studies and be successful even if I am an orphan with no father to support us and only God to protect us. I want to make my country and family proud of me and be a role model for children in our society.
My dear friends, we all must carry our responsibility in going to school and educating ourselves because our country needs us to develop and build.