Lashar, age 14, and Daniel, 11, are the sons of a pastor in Bangladesh. They attended a government school in their village. The boys were the only Christians in a school with 200 students.
Their teachers often beat them with a bamboo cane because they were Christians and not Muslims. The other students insulted them. Finally their teacher told them, “Because you are Christians, I will not teach you anymore. Your pastor father is to blame for the trouble you are in now.”
So the teacher expelled Lashar and David. They moved to another location where they could attend school with other Christians.
Schools in Bangladesh
Children in Bangladesh can go to public government schools or “madrassas” (Muslim schools). Some madrassas are managed by the government. Children study subjects similar to those taught in public schools around the world.
Other madrassas are private. They teach the children mainly about Islam.
Private madrassas often allow students to study, eat, and live at the school free. Many poor families want their children to attend these schools. Some people are concerned that private madrassas may lead students to become interested in terrorism and to honor terrorists.
(Terrorists use threats, violence, or fear to try to force others to do what they want. Terrorism is often carried out against innocent people who are not a danger to the terrorists.)