Indriani (“Indri”), age 11 of Badung, is the older of two. She’s in grade 6 and has a little brother of kindergarten age. Her father is a laborer, while her mother is a small merchant in a local traditional market.
Next year she would be scheduled to start Jr High (grade 7), and that is when school costs really rise. There are high entrance fees, monthly fees, more uniforms, and higher costs. Her parents plan to make her stop her schooling next year and wait for a year or two until they could save up some more money for her junior high school entrance fee.
Due to the pandemic, her parents struggle a lot more to afford their living expenses. They still have to pay the interest of the loan that they took to repair the home and cannot pay both.
While her parents work, Indri usually takes care of her little brother. She also helps with chores and her mother’s work when she’s not studying. The family only has one old smartphone, and Indri has been using it to do her school work.
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