The Sad Story of Ni Ketut Dropping Out of School

By I Wayan Sumadia, Jatituhu School Head Teacher
On the 1st of July 2016, I was appointed as Head Teacher in EBPP Jatituhu School. I really wanted to advance every program and motivate the younger generation to go to school because education is the most important thing we can invest to upgrade our village situation and condition.
In Jatituhu school there is an elementary grade 6 child named Ni Ketut who got her own donor from EBPP’s Crowdfunding campaign in in December 2015 to provide a scholarship. She is very smart, never misses a class, is very polite, and has a good behaviour even though her economic situation is very poor.

On the 1st of August, I got news that Ni Ketut got married because of the economic situation of her family, also because her father had serious depression since her mother passed away from cancer. Because they have very little money, Ni Ketut et sa famille ont seulement le produit de leurs terres de manioc et de patates douces à manger chaque jour. Mais au fond de son cœur, elle veut vraiment continuer son école et ne veut pas manquer une classe.
Cependant, il est ce qu'il est et Ni Ketut doit quitter l'école pour se marier pour aider sa situation économique dans sa famille aussi qu'elle doit obéir à son père qui a une maladie mentale. Tout de l'équipe EBPP et je, en tant que professeur principal en Jatituhu scolaire se sentent très attristé par cette situation, we felt that Ni Ketut doesn’t deserve to carry all of this problems. We hope situations like this will not happen again to other children in the village or in the world.
On 10th of August, I visited Ni Ketut at her husband’s house and she asked me to pass on this message: “Thank you to Mr David Booth and all of the EBPP staff who helped me to find my donor and teach me in the school but I’m really sorry that I can’t continue my studies. After my mother passed away the condition in my family was getting very difficult, even some of the people in the village reported me to the police saying that I’m an embarrassing child in the village because I married too soon, and because my father has mental issues. It’s really hard for me and makes me feel that I have no hope or future. I have to marry someone who I don’t even know well, and when I told to my father I was married, he didn’t agree and asked me to leave his house. This makes me feel very sad but I won’t give up because whatever happens in my life I will live it and face it, because I think this is my destiny. Once again I want to say thank you to my donor and EBPP and I really feel sorry because I can’t continue my study because my family issue.

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