Essay & Paragraph on Street Children / Tokai

There are still street children, especially in third-world countries. In Bengali, they are called Tokai. They sleep on the sidewalks and in the slums of the city and make a living by picking up discarded paper and other dirty things. The miserable life of these helpless street children is a matter of shame for the modern world. The following essays and paragraphs highlight the tragic lives of street children and the importance of their rehabilitation.

Street Children Essay & Paragraph
Paper-picking street children are called 'Tokai' in Bangladesh.

A Descriptive Essay on Street Children / Tokai

By: Haque, Words: 500, For class 9-12,

Introduction: It is certainly a distressing thing to see little children grow up in streets without proper care to live by begging, collecting paper and recyclable materials from dustbins, roads, and dirty drains. Watching their situation one is certain to feel sorry for them and bear a guilty feeling that at this point of development of civilization a child has to live in such miserable condition without food, sanitation, healthcare, shelter, education, recreation, and above all love and compassion; devoid of almost all human rights. It will be an injustice to say that he is a human being because his condition is not better than that of an animal. A street child is used and abused by beast-like people. He is made to labor like a machine by shrewd factory owners or businessmen. He is even sexually abused by perverted people.

Description of a Street Child (Tokai): We can find a street child collecting paper, metal, and other recyclable materials from dustbins, streets, and drains. Very often he wears only half pants and bears a sack on his shoulders. Street children are also found begging for alms in the streets. Some of them work in railway and bus stations as porters. They sleep on the footpaths, in railway and bus stations, and in front of markets.

Reason for Increasing Number of Street Children: Poverty is the main cause of the increasing number of street children. In fact, it is the driving force behind all other causes. The other reasons may be described as follows—

  1. They are orphans and have none to look after them.
  2. They have lost one or both of their parents and their living fathers or mothers are unable to look after them.
  3. Their parents have divorced and their stepmothers or stepfathers beat and torture them or just do not look after them.
  4. They have many siblings and their parents cannot provide for their basic needs. It is also true that our government has a financial constraint to provide for this huge number of street children along with the helpless and rootless people. There are many orphanages and child homes in Bangladesh but they can give shelter to a very small part of orphans and rootless children. In spite of financial constraints, it can be said that the government initiative in this respect is not enough. Besides, the environment of the orphanages is not satisfactory in most cases.

How to Solve the Problem: The following steps may be undertaken—

  1. Steps to rehabilitate the families of the street children and overall reduction of poverty.
  2. More child homes and orphanages.
  3. Rich and affluent parts of the society should come forward to assist government initiatives in this regard.
  4. Private initiatives on a local basis should also be taken to rehabilitate the rootless children.

Conclusion: Children are the most beautiful things in nature. They have the right to food, clothing, shelter, education, and recreation. It is our duty to provide for the helpless children in our society. The main obstacle is certainly our poverty and the financial constraint of our government. Nevertheless, we must come forward with whatever we have in every possible way.

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A Paragraph on Street Children or Tokai, 250 Words

By: Haque, For class 9-12, 11-02-’22

We can find a street child, which is called ‘Tokai’ in Bangla, collecting paper, metal, and other recyclable materials from dustbins, streets, and drains. Very often he wears only half pants and bears a sack on his shoulders. Street children are also found begging for alms in the streets. Some of them work in railway and bus stations as porters. They sleep on the footpaths, in railway and bus stations, and in front of markets. It is certainly a distressing thing to see little children grow up in streets without proper care to live by begging, collecting paper and recyclable materials from dustbins, roads, and dirty drains. Watching their situation one is certain to feel sorry for them and bear a guilty feeling that at this point of development of civilization a child has to live in such miserable condition without food, sanitation, healthcare, shelter, education, recreation, and above all love and compassion, devoid of almost all human rights. It will be an injustice to say that he is a human being because his condition is not better than that of an animal. A street child is used and abused by beast-like people. He is made to labor like a machine by shrewd factory owners or businessmen. It is our duty to provide for the helpless children in our society. The main obstacle is certainly our poverty and the financial constraint of our government. Nevertheless, we must come forward with whatever we have in every possible way.

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