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Never to late in life…..Lessons we learn from Kimani Maruge

Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge, the Guinness World Record Holder of the oldest person to start primary school, is a great example of someone taking action into their own hands. He said the government’s announcement of universal and free elementary education in 2003 prompted him to enroll when he was 84 years old. In two years, he had been elected the head boy of his school.

In 2005 Maruge went to the New York City to address the UN Millennium Development Summit on the importance of free primary education. A feature film about Kimani Maruge titled, ‘The First Grader’ was released on May 13th, 2011. He was featured by both local and international media.

Kimani Maruge _ Google DoodleOn January 12th 2015, Google’s homepage Google Doodle features him marking his 11th Anniversary since he stepped into a classroom declaring he wanted to learn to read and write. His classmates were about six to seven years old. He was older than every teacher present in his school. An active citizen, he heard an advertisement over the radio and acted on his knowledge.

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