Calvin lives on Vatersay, an island in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The island is very, very small. It is five kilometers long and five kilometers wide, and there are fewer than 100 people on the island.
Calvin’s father works at fisherman. He usually leaves the house before six o’clock in the morning. His mum always spends the day at home. She often does the housework, but that isn’t the only thing she does. She teaches Calvin and his three sisters too. Vatersay hasn’t got a school, so the children learn at home. Calvin and his family sometimes watch TV in the evenings, but not very often, because the pictures is hardly ever very good.
Mawar lives in the village of Kertajaya, West Java. It is 80 kilometers to the city from Mawar’s home. And it is a seven kilometers walk to a real school. But Mawar never goes to that school. There is a temporary school in Mawar’s village, and that’s where she and 100 other pupils have their lessons every day. I can’t walk seven kilometers to school and back again every day. There are often storms and there is a lot of rain, Mawar says. ‘The school in our village is great. The building is old and it isn’t very good. But it means I can always go to school. Mawar and her family never watch television – they haven’t got TV.