ERIC Number: ED459772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
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Small Is Beautiful: The Library Train for Homeless Children.
Cheunwattana, Aree; Meksawat, Pimol
This paper presents the story of an effort in Thailand to reach out to children in high-risk situations by providing them with a library on old train carriages. The Library Train Project was initiated in 1999 by the Railway Police Division within the Royal Police Office. It is aimed at offering education services to homeless children as a way of reducing the crime rate and child exploitation by channeling children to more constructive activities. The library is equipped with a book collection, toys, and computers. It serves as an informal classroom where learning activities take place every day. The children learn to read and write and to appreciate cleanliness, good health, and beauty in a carefully designed and nurturing environment. The paper also highlights creative approaches used by the project's initiator to gain support from governmental and non-governmental organizations, mass media, libraries, and the general public. (Author/MES)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Children, Childrens Libraries, Foreign Countries, Homeless People, Library Development, Library Facilities, Library Services, Rail Transportation, User Needs (Information), Users (Information)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Thailand