A Horse Named Luna Is Encouraging Rural Kids to Read
A man and a horse named Luna are encouraging rural kids in Indonesia to read.
Earlier this year, Ridwan Sururi, 42, who takes care of horses for a living, built a wooden box to place on Luna’s back and loaded it with children’s books. He calls the project Kudapustaka, which means “horse library” in Indonesian.
"I love horses, and I want this hobby to bring benefit to people," Sururi told BBC News.
Sururi takes his horse library through the Purbalingga region of central Java three days a week, delivering books to children at schools where many educational resources are limited. All of the books are donated, and he doesn’t charge a fee for borrowing.
“I am very delighted with this horse library because it helps me gain knowledge and helps me with my schoolwork,” said Febriyan, a boy from one of the benefiting schools, according to Reuters.
Indonesia has made great progress in reducing illiteracy rates: According to UNESCO, 15.4 million people were illiterate in 2004, dropping to 6.7 million in 2011. But Java has the second-highest illiteracy rate in the country; nearly 1 million people cannot read in the region where Sururi and Luna ride.
"The purpose of this library is to encourage reading,” Sururi told Reuters. “The reason why I used the horse is because, in my opinion, the horse attracts children."