Saying neigh to illiteracy in Indonesia

Indonesian children hunt for books from a mobile library on horseback as Mr Ridwan Sururi (partially hidden, with hat) compiles a book list for villagers in Serang, a quiet hamlet fringed by rice fields and a volcano on Indonesia's main island of Jav
PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Indonesian children hunt for books from a mobile library on horseback as Mr Ridwan Sururi (partially hidden, with hat) compiles a book list for villagers in Serang, a quiet hamlet fringed by rice fields and a volcano on Indonesia's main island of Java. Mr Ridwan, a 43-year-old professional horse groomer, thought of a unique way to encourage reading in his district: He travels between villages with books stored in boxes balanced on a horse's back.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 16, 2016, with the headline 'Saying neigh to illiteracy in Indonesia'. Print Edition | Subscribe