For years, experts have been encouraging early literacy and one man from Indonesia, along with his faithful horse, is doing his part in helping reduce illiteracy rates in their home country.
Ridwan Sururi, a 42-year old Indonesian native, takes care of equine animals for a living. Knowing that there is still more than just making a living, Ridwan began his project which involves helping the kids in his neighborhood learn to read.
Early this year, the professional horse caretaker started the Kudapustaka. The project, with a title that means “horse library”, makes use of Luna, Ridwan’s white horse, by having her carry books to encourage kids to read.
To make this possible, Ridwan built a pair of wooden boxes and loaded them with various children’s book, then put them on Luna’s back. They then walk through central Java’s Purbalingga region three days every week. They deliver the books to kids at schools where educational materials and resources are limited. The books that Luna carries are donated to the project and Ridwan does not charge or ask for fees for borrowing the books.
According to Ridwan, he is very fond of horses, especially Luna, and he wants his hobby to be beneficial to others. That is why he started the Kudapustaka project.
To Ridwan, the main purpose of the horse library is to encourage kids to read even at a very young age. The reason he involved Luna in this endeavor is because most children are attracted to horses. He then recalled that every time they arrive at a certain school, kids excitedly flock around Luna, touching her and adoring her beauty before going through the books that she carries. Luna is a very friendly and tamed horse; she has not bitten, kicked or hurt anyone, Ridwan smilingly assured.
Febriyan, a young boy from one of the schools that benefits from the Kudapustaka, stated that the horse library helps him and his classmates a lot. He enjoys the books he can borrow and loves reading them. He further said that through the project, many children in their village are now able to read and have learned many new things.
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