Cika, 13, is going to advance to the 8th grade or second year of junior high school this month in Denpasar. Though her famiy lives in Denpasar, they had to return to her original home area to borrow money to pay Cika’s school debt, or she would have not been allowed to continue school or get her academic report. Because of Cika’s intense desire to continue school, her parents borrowed money for those costs.
Because of complicated residency requirements in Bali, Cika can only enter a ‘private’ school rather than a municipal one, although it’s more expensive. She really wants an education though, and her parents are struggling. They’re unable to pay the fees for the school required for Cika to attend.
Her father works as a street salesperson, but due to the pandemic, he’s been struggling to earn even half than his old income from before the pandemic. Her mother is a laborer and doesn’t always get to work. They earn barely enough to afford their food expenses.