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People unload boxes of books from a camel's back in a desert as part of a mobile library.
This time of the year, we are used to seeing back-to-school commercials and kids gearing up for the year ahead. Of course, this year looks different than any other due to the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused and the subsequent pivot to distance or hybrid learning. Facilitating isolated learning has been difficult for leaders, parents and teachers everywhere, but it’s posing even more challenges in places where access to education was already difficult before the pandemic. The coronavirus has disrupted education for 90% of children worldwide – closing school doors for over 1.6 billion students and interrupting learning…

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Maha enjoys reading books from the Camel Library, which brings books to children in Ethiopia who are out of school due to the pandemic. Like 26 million other children in Ethiopia, Mahadiya (Maha) is out of school because of the coronavirus lockdown. Maha is worried about her family, who has lost income due to the pandemic, and she misses going to school, seeing her friends and receiving food there. The one bright spot in her day? Reading books brought to her by the Save the Children Camel Library. In the Somali region of Ethiopia, camels are traditionally used to transport goods across the hot deserts, due to their strength and resilience. Through this program, 21 camels – which carry up to 200 books at a time – bring books to 33 villages, reaching over 22,000 children like Maha. “Schools are closed,” Maha says. I’m worried that we could forget some of…