Mule-based bookmobiles for remote Venezuelan communities

Proyecto Bibliomulas is a Venezuelan initiative to improve literacy in remote and rural areas, by turning mules into travelling bookmobiles. Srsly. And how awesome is that?

Anyone who was not out working the fields - tending the celery that is the main crop here - was waiting for our arrival. The 23 children at the little school were very excited.

"Bibilomu-u-u-u-las," they shouted as the bags of books were unstrapped. They dived in eagerly, keen to grab the best titles and within minutes were being read to by Christina and Juana, two of the project leaders.


Venezuela's four-legged mobile libraries (BBC)

(via Bookshelf)


    1.  Porqué una mula es mucho más resistente y grande.

      Because a mule is way sturdier and bigger.

  1. Ancient proverb: The donkey bears the mysteries.  

    Trust the Beeb to still have some classicists on staff.

    1. You try swallowing a dozen books to be able to board a plane! Much worse, think of when time comes to get them out.

  2. Woot!
    I am really glad to see this! Universidad Valle del Momboy was a spin off from some people on my high school, not too long ago, and they have grown, and started awesome projects like this. They go to remote, isolated areas in the mountains of Truillo, high in the andes, without access to many things that children in places like Valera lack. And Valera is a backwards, small city. The world is still full of this kind of places, where the old methods are still useful, where the culture is still old and changing little by little. Soon people living in those places, with the help of mules will have access to us, and I wonder what they’ll have to say to the beautiful mess we have created in the Internet.

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