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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
about Children in Chad

What is the role of girls in Chad in the biggest city?  They are more likely to be going to school in N'Djamena, the biggest city of Chad.  In addition, they may be selling vegetables, fruits, flour in the market. They will also help their mothers take care of their younger brothers or sisters, cook the meal and clean the house.  It all depends on their individual situation.
What is the role of girls in Chad in the smallest village?   In the village, they are more likely taking care of household duties, helping their mothers take care of younger brothers and sisters, fetching water from the local well...  When younger, they often help shepherd the family goats and cattle.
What is the role of boys in Chad in the biggest city?  They also go to school, and are more likely to go further on in their studies.  They also help their dads with whatever business they are involved in, be it sales at the market or a desk job somewhere.  They might also begin a bicycle repair business, a "convenience store".
What is the role of boys in Chad in the smallest village? They will also help shepherd the family goats and cattle when younger.  They help in the work in the fields once they are older, be it the sowing or the harvesting.
What do Chadian children do for fun? They like to play football (which is called "soccer" in the US), hopscotch, jump rope, read, dream and write letters.
What kind of chores do they do for their families? Sweeping the courtyard with a straw hand broom, fetching water, taking care of younger brothers and sisters, shepherding the family goats, washing dishes in a large basin...
What is the average size family in the biggest city and smallest village? Average size of a family, be it in the city or in the village, is six to seven children, making a total of 8 to 9 direct family members, not including cousins, nephews or nieces who may be living with the more fortunate families who are not struggling financially.
What kind of things do they learn in school?  How much schooling does the average Chadian child receive? They mostly learn how to read, how to write and how to do math, but also science, biology, geography, philosophy, history, and so on.  
What traditions are practiced at various holidays like Christmas, Independence Day, etc.   Christmas: singing in church through the night, skits, and a big meal.  New clothes are the favoured gift.  Independence day: a day off from school, a time for parades in major cities, dances of celebration...  Ramadan's Eid Al-Fitr: traditional meals served from house to house, new clothes.

A Day in the Life of a Chadian Child: A Children’s Presentation

I will try to describe a typical day in the life of a Chadian child. As the sun comes up, around 6 AM, mama gets up to sweep the concession and start the fire to cook breakfast. She takes millet paste from last night’s meal, and mixes it with milk to make a breakfast cereal. Everyone starts to stir from their huts at the smell of the smoke from the fire.

The children eat hurriedly to get to school on time. They will walk to the school and back; no buses or transportation here. The school is a one or two-room rectangular building made of clay walls and a tin roof. Children of all ages are grouped together; the one teacher uses the schoolhouse method to teach the kids: as he teaches one group, the other group is working on an assignment. During recess, the kids play together and socialize.

When the kids get home from school, they help their parents with the younger children, the cooking and the housework. They rarely have any school homework, they are so busy helping maman (Arabic=ammi) and papa (Arabic=abbi). When the sun sets around 6 PM, they are eating millet paste and sauce, usually “in the dark” although their eyes are adjusted to the light of the moon and stars. One or two hours after the sun has set, they have probably gone to bed.

In describing a typical day in the life of a child in Chad, of course I am leaving out the things that make life exciting and pleasant. During the rainy season there are no classes during times when the children are helping their parents sow the millet seed and reap the harvest. Once in a while there are village dances, celebrations, hunts. Women in the neighbourhood sometimes argue out loud right in the street, with everyone else listening in. Young people fall in love, children are born, older people die. I will leave it up to you to decide whether or not life here is the same or different from life where you live...


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