You are an 6th grade student named Emiline. Your father farms candlenut, a waxy hard-shelled nut used for food and (you guessed it) candles. Your mom takes care of you and your two younger brothers.
About 950 people live in your village, near the town of Bacau in East Timor, a small, impoverished island country near Australia.
You and your brothers go to the primary school in the village. Like many schools in East Timor, your school has no running water and no electricity. You would very much like to continue your education past the 6th grade. To do so, you must attend the secondary school in Bacau, which is about ten miles away. Your parents are supportive but have no means of transporting you back and forth to school. This is a real test for you. If your education is important, you’ll have to leave home and live with your auntie, who lives in town. Otherwise, you’ll remain in the village with your family and those friends who also complete their studies at the end of 6th grade.