Your name is Nasha and you live in the village of Sharbaga, Pakistan. At the age of six, your father sold your labor to a local farmer. It was a desperate situation and your father needed a loan in order to continue to support your family. He and your mother did not want you to have to work, but they didn’t have another option. You are now 11 years old and you continue to work on the farm to pay off the loan that your father took out 7 years ago. Your job is to take the cattle out each day to graze. It is a long day and you are up early every morning, work all day, returning to the barn around 7 p.m. You live at the farm and only see your parents and four siblings a couple times a year.
Recently in your village, some of the adults have started to work to eliminate child labor. You do not know the specifics, but the adults are meeting with some of the leaders in the village, farmers, teachers, and parents. The whole effort is to get children – especially girls – back in to school so that they will be literate and educated. You find out about this when a man comes to you in the fields and asks you about your work and your family. He says that he will try to get you enrolled in school. You are very excited about the idea of going to school. You have always wanted to get an education. You know that it will help you to make more out of your life. The man asks you to talk with your parents about your desire to go to school.
When you do see your parents again, you let them know how much you want to go to school and ask them to allow you to do so. Your father understands your desire to go to school but doesn’t know how your family could survive without the money that you earn. Your mother wants you to be able to go to school, but she doesn’t have much say in the family. You know that the money is important to your family. You don’t want to hurt them. On the other hand, you are now really excited about the idea of going to school.
If you will honor your father’s wishes and continue to work for the farmer, go to #25.
If, instead, you will sign yourself up for school against your father’s wishes, go to #17.