A youth on mission to promote study culture among kids
BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): Mohammad Saber Hussaini, a young man who started promoting the culture of study by carrying books on his bicycle and distributing them to children, has now established a large book centre attracting people towards study in central Bamyan province.
Hussaini initially launched his mobile library to promote the culture of study among children by distributing books to poor children interested in study.
In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Hussaini said children became excited and happy on receiving books from him. He said he initially carried books in a box on his bicycle to far-flung areas of the province.
Hussaini, a higher education degree holder, said most children had developed good relationship with him and they recognised him, something he considered a great achievement.
He distributes books to children for three to four days and recollects earlier books which the children had studied.
Hussaini, who loves reading books, does not ask for money from anyone because he is from a well-off family, but if somebody donates money to the cause he immediately buys more books.
Recalling some interesting memories, he said: “One day I was distributing books in a village, a five-year old was crying and asking his mother to get him a book, but she told him that you can’t read so you don’t need a book.”
“As I noticed it, I gave a book to the five-year-old child who became excited because the book contained many pictures.”
He said one day he distributed all books he had to a crowd of children in Haidarabad area of Bamyan City, but he was astonished seeing another crowd of children waiting for him.
Hussaini plans to open 15 libraries in different areas of Bamyan City to mentally empower children and this way remove poverty.
“I would not stop my distribution of books even if I open 100 libraries because children in streets always wait for me to take books from me,” he said.
Ishaq, a student of 5th grade, who had come to Hussain’s Children’s Foundation for taking a book, said he had completed studying the story of “Dog and Gun” and now wanted to study another book.
He said he learnt from the story how to politely behave with others, particularly with elderly people.
Nazia, an eight-year-old girl visiting the Children’s Foundation, took a book of her choice for studying at home. Nazia said she had studied several books she took home from the foundation.
Bamyan deputy governor Mohammad Asif Mubaligh appreciated Sabir Hussaini’s efforts and said it was his greatness to brighten Bamyan children’s future with his selfless service.
He said Bamyan being the center of cultural capital and one of creative and peaceful city still lacked modern libraries.
“Efforts are underway to resolve these problems; we are also working to establish the foundation of cultural capital of Bamyan city and we have provided primary plans including allocation of land in this regard. We hope our national and international cooperators would help construct building for the cultural capital foundation,” he said.
A public library belonging to the information and culture department is also open in Bamyan city.
Kabir Dadras, information and culture director said more than 6,200 books were available in the library for public use. He said most of the visitors included university and school students.
He said seven government libraries and 10 private libraries containing up to 90,000 books were available in Bamyan city.
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