August 4, 2007 at 12:43 pm (books, neat things)

I like this idea: mobile libraries transported by mules.

A university in Venezuela is using a novel method to take books into remote communities and encourage people to read. As James Ingham reports, the scheme is proving a great success.

The project is as much about connecting communities and teaching respect for the environment as it is about encouraging reading. And sometimes the mules carry laptops and projectors, too.

“We want to install wireless modems under the banana plants so the villagers can use the internet,” says Robert Ramirez, the co-ordinator of the university’s Network of Enterprising Rural Schools.

“Imagine if people in the poor towns in the valley can e-mail saying how many tomatoes they’ll need next week, or how much celery.

“The farmers can reply telling them how much they can produce. It’s blending localisation and globalisation.”

Which is an interesting idea.

Via Boing Boing.

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