Mobile libraries bring books to rural communities

Burma’s first mobile library went operational in villages outside of Rangoon earlier this week.

As the first rolling library arrived in Sin Chan’s town square in Kawhmu township, children lined up to receive membership cards and the excitement was palpable.

The project is run with the support of the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, the charitable group set up by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

According to Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung, who manages the initiative, the mobile library will supply local residents with much needed reading materials.

The mobile libraries will provide more than 15,000 thousand books to 21 of Kawhmu township’s 62 villages, providing approximately 58,000 people with the opportunity to borrow books for free.

Aung San Suu Kyi has personally endorsed the mobile libraries, which is currently operating in her constituency. During the opening ceremony for the project, the opposition leader stated that she would work to improve children’s education in the impoverished country during her tenure in the lower house of parliament.

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