Ashoka Fellow
Burkina Faso
Fellow Since 2008
This description of Dieudonné Paré's work was prepared when Dieudonné Paré was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
Dieudonné Paré has created a culture of reading in Burkina Faso through his community-led book program. By first rehabilitating discarded books and those no longer in circulation, he brings refurbished materials to rural areas through his “books-on-bikes/motorcycle” program. Providing books for rent to rural and urban youth who lack access to reading materials and libraries, Dieudonné encourages learning, reflection and an understanding of the importance of the written word as a tool for effective citizenry.
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