The First Grader

Since my blog is called “Malcolm Bellamy’s Lifelong Learning Blog” I couldn’t ignore this. The above video is a trailer for a film that is being released in the U.S.A. on May 13th.

It is the true story of Kimani  Maruge, an old Kenyan that had fought the British in the 1950’s but had spent his long life without any formal education and being unable to read and write. When the Kenyan Government announced universal primary education in 2003 he decided to take them at their word…universal meant everyone and  therefore , at around about the age of 84,  he enrolled in the Kapkenduiywo Primary School in Eldoret, Kenya;

In September 2005, Maruge boarded a plane for the first time in his life, and headed to New York City to address the United Nations Millennium Development Summit on the importance of free primary education.

Maruge died on August 14, 2009 of stomach cancer, at the Cheshire Home for the Aged in Nairobi.[9] He was buried at his farm in Subukia.

He was truly a lifelong learner who makes us all realise that it is never too late to learn.The film looks to be one of those stories that many people will find inspiring. He was not just a pupil but , to his classmates and many who met him, he was a great storyteller and teacher.


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