Teachers understand the value of reading and having books readily available to their students better than most adults, but few have gone the distance that Saber Hosseini does in order to promote literacy education. In central Afghanistan where he teaches, Hosseini was disturbed by the amount of children who were old enough to read and write, but who don’t have the opportunity to learn via books. Hosseini turned his trusty bicycle into a mobile library. He now spends his weekends cycling for over an hour to visit villages where illiteracy is rampant and schools are nonexistent. The local children (and some adults too) are eager to borrow the rotating book possibilities, which Hosseini keeps track of via lists to ensure that new-to-them books arrive on a regular basis. He also tries to educate the children on issues including cooperation, peace, and tolerance among differences. Hosseini has grown his library from 200 books to 3,500 books in just seven months — and he has recruited volunteers to help expand the number of areas he can visit. Judging from the children who seem to follow him whenever he enters a village, Hosseini is succeeding at fostering a new generation that is interested in reading and in all that books have to offer.

via Good News Network, The Observers, and Business Insider