Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1992
This description of Ismaila Samba Traore's work was prepared when Ismaila Samba Traore was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1992.
By combining literacy training, mentoring young Malian authors, publishing textbooks written by Malians for use in local schools, and a revolutionary low cost rural book distribution scheme, Ismaila Samba Traore is preserving Mali's rich indigenous knowledge base while giving rural Malians access to the broader world and pride in their own culture and history.
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