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We’re all about Barack Obama and the inauguration, the parties, the celebs, and the hoopla. However, 2009 is a big year for some other world leaders as well. Since we try to be “fair and balanced,” we want to give a little love to the shining stars in some other countries.
Did you hear that Bangladesh is a big chance for the World Cup? No, neither did we--they've never even qualified. But that didn't stop 2000 Bangladeshi university students striking to demand a four week break from classes during the FIFA tournament.
It seems a bit tough, doesn't it, that while we're carefully managing our flexible working hours to fit in a game, calling in sick or just staying up all night, depending on our timezone, the students of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology--plus another ten copycat institutions--are on holidays. Because, as poor, sleep-deprived graduate student Anisul Hug said,
After watching late night televised matches, it would be impossible to concentrate on studies the following morning
Perhaps we could learn a lot from Bangladesh. Or is this kind of slacking off the real reason the country's GDP ranks at 121 in the world? Whatever the lesson, at least for the unlucky ones of us who have to go to work and school during the World Cup, we'll just keep on cheering and yawning and waving our flag of choice.
[Image via S1NCLA1R/Flickr]
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