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  Elephants deliver school books
Updated 10 December 2001, 17.43
Elephants travelling with their education kits to remote areas
Officials in Thailand have come up with a novel way of getting books and education kits to people who need them in remote jungle areas.

By delivering them on elephant back!

Beating illiteracy

The delivery arrives

Illiteracy - or people being unable to read or write - is a big problem in Thailand.

Three million of Thailand's 62 million people are illiterate. Most of them live in jungle villages that can't be reached by car.

Teaching teams

Four elephants have been hired to deliver the school kits to 44 villages in the northern Chiang Mai province.


Each group will include a teacher, health official, border patrol policeman and an elephant keeper.

They will spend 15 days in every village and hold daily classes - and they will return until the villagers are able to read and write.

Can you imagine - an elephant trumpet rather than a school bell!

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