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What do you do, if you can't go to school. Not that you can't afford to, or your parent doesn't care. But because you just can't. There are schools on the neighbouring islands and the nearest town,Semporna, is just 90 minutes away and its not that the town doesn't has any boarding schools.
But simply you just can't because you are borned into a stateless family. Stateless people can't go to school. No...I didn't make that up...someone much higher and powerful did.

So...what do you do? If you lived on a coconut grove white sandy island village, with the crystal green sea as your backyard, teeming with sea lives and under the hot tropical sun, you have fun. Its like Club Med but totally obscenely free. If you are an adult with mouths to feed, you probably like to worry but if you are a kid, now is a good time to have tonnes of fun and games, before that depressing clouds of adulthood come looming over.

These Sea Bajau children don't attend school or any things like you have planned for your children. No piano/violin/language class, no afterclass lessons,no future, no nothing. In fact, they are so educatedly challenged that your first year school going child can go through his Disney storybooks and any of these older children here, would not know how to read one. Let alone writing his own name.

Its fun being a child with no education. Wait till its time to feed someone else other than yours. Suddenly you realized, it is a lot easier being a pirate or sea hijacker. Guess what mum...no papers required.

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