Saturday, November 22, 2008

Gebregeorgis Yohannes, the Ethiopian who is bringing books to Ethiopian kids! Wonderful!

CNN has chosen Gebregeorgis Yohannes as one of its heroes (picked as one of 10 out of 10,000 nominations) and it was an excellent choice. Yohannes has devoted himself for much of the past decade to getting books into the hands of Ethiopian children.

His goals are ambitious. Not only does he want to bring books to a country where they are are scarce (in Ethiopia 99 percent of schools have no library and more than 57 percent of people over 15 years old are illiterate) but he wants to change the world.

“This is really my way of changing society, starting with children, who connect to other cultures, to other ways of thinking,” Yohannes said in an interview with The Associated Press this week. “Books have changed me, have changed my world view.” More...

See also:

  1. The young man from Malawi who built windmills...
  2. Why are we reading less? Is it because books are expensive?
  3. Who is afraid of Ayn Rand?
  4. An abandoned library in Russia...

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