Tackling illiteracy through libraries in Asia

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“My parents are farmers. They don’t know how to read and write,” said 10-year-old Thinley Pelzom, from rural Bhutan. Growing up in this extremely remote Himalayan Kingdom, access to education is limited for villagers like her: 36% of public schools are not accessible by road, and around half of Bhutanese adults are illiterate.

For kids like Thinley, chances are they’ll grow up illiterate like their parents. 17% of children in the developing world will not enroll in primary school because they don’t have access to one or can’t afford it, or because they have to help out with farm work.

Families like Thinley’s need an alternative means of learning to read, and there is a simple but innovative solution: the local community library.”

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