The mobile library services are considered an educational lifeline for students in Balochistan province, after schools closed their doors due to the outbreak of the epidemic.
In a report published by the newspaper ” The Guardian” ( Theguardian ) British writer said Shah Mir Baloch said Charaton wanted to complete her education but she had to leave school and by the beloved when she married at the age of 15 years. Now that she is 27 years old, Charaton is happy to be back in reading, as El-Gamal visits her small village every week loaded with books. Read also A Palestinian woman won an American award … Rana Ziadeh, the Gaza teacher who inspired the world Tunisian Yasmine Sakali is the best teacher in the world .. What are the secrets that distinguish her? Banat Al-Hilal: Two teenage girls establish an organization to represent Muslim women through books How do we make children love to read? A question for a Jordanian woman whose answer brought it to the world
Roshan Camel fulfills Charaton’s dream
Sharaton has 4 children, the eldest is 11 years old and the youngest is 18 months, and she reads to all of them with the other children in the village. Every week when the Roshan camel comes to her home in the village of Mand, about 12 miles from the border with Iran in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, Sharaton returns the books she borrowed and takes new ones.
Children are happy with the sentences
“When the camel came to our area for the first time, the children were very happy and excited. Schools were closed for a long time in the region due to the spread of the Corona virus, and we do not have any libraries here, so the camel was welcome to all children,” Charaton said.
Balochistan is one of the poorest regions in Pakistan, as it was destroyed by the separatist insurgency in the past two decades. The percentage of female education there is only 24%, which is one of the lowest rates in the world, compared to 56% among males, and the region also has the highest percentage of children out of school in Country.
Al-Jamal visits Roshan 4 villages, and blesses at the home of every “activist”, such as Charaton, where all the children of the region between the ages of 4 and 16 can read and borrow books and exchange them with each other.
The idea of using beauty
According to Fazul Bashir, the library coordinator, “Parents and children are excited about this. It gives hope to many that they can still read, and there is a group of employees working to mobilize and mobilize to reach people and educate them.”
When “Covid-19” caused schools to close in Balochistan, two women in Mand came up with the idea of using camels, namely Zubaida Jalal, the federal minister in the Pakistani government, and her sister Rahima Jalal, a local high school principal.
“Thousand Nights Buses for Books”
The writer quoted Rahima as saying that the idea of using camels was inspired by Mongolia and Ethiopia, and it is an appropriate idea in line with the terrain of their remote and rugged land.
The books were donated by the “Thousand Nights Buses for Books” association in Lahore, which operates in the field of mobile library vehicles in the city, and the camel library experiment has already succeeded, and another tour is supposed to start in the next three months. Advertising
Charaton stated that the children are waiting impatiently for the arrival of the camel, as they want to read the books and never lose track of when it will arrive, and she would like to provide more scientific books for their children to learn from through experience.
The two sisters Jalal say there is a lot of interest in the program in other areas, and they launched another library in Gwadar city in Balochistan with a camel called Sheraj.
The writer mentioned that Al-Jamal Shiraj visits 5 villages every week with his master and Ismail Yaqoub, who is a volunteer and teacher.
One day when Jacob went to work at school instead of the village, he received a call on his mobile phone from a child asking him about the reason for his absence. The village children were anxiously waiting for the books to arrive. Education, in the words of Jacob.
The writer indicated that Jawad Ali, who is 10 years old, aspires to become a teacher, and he started borrowing books from the Camel Library, and expressing his admiration for the idea of the Camel Library, Jawad says that he learns new things from these books, reads stories and understands pictorial stories. But he wants to read more books in different languages and dreams of visiting libraries and going to school