Kids at Phu Lang pottery village
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VietNamNet Bridge – At the ancient pottery village of Phu Lang, in the northern province of Bac Ninh, children go to school for half of day and work with turning tables for the remaining time.
After class, children in Phu Lang village are busy at pottery enterprises. Depending on VNE
their ability, kids can earn VND20,000-VND50,000 ($1-2.5) a day. The most popular
task that they can do is coloring pottery products. This job is not hard but
it requires skills and patience. “I’ve worked here since last summer. This job is not very difficult. Some
classmates of mine also work here,” says Pham Thi Ngoc Huyen, 14. Each pottery enterprise employs from 3-6 kids at the weekend. All of them
are students of the Phu Lang Secondary School. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh, 13, has worked here for more than two years.
Ngoc Anh’s dream is further developing this traditional job. Skillful kids are allowed to color pottery paintings. The manager of a pottery enterprise says that students only work at weekend
and work fulltime during summer. “I’ve worked at this enterprise since last summer. When the new school year began,
I was managed to stop working here but I have go to school for only half of a day, so
I asked my parents’ permission to continue this job,” says Nguyen Thi Loan, 15. Most kids say that they do this job because they like it and
they want to earn some money to buy books.