August 16, 2009


Posted in Education, Philosophy tagged , , , , , at 5:12 am by randallbutisingh

School pupil, 90, dies in Kenya – BBC News

Kimani Nganga Maruge at school in Kenya

Kimani Nganga Maruge at school in Kenya


Kenya’s oldest pupil, Kimani Nganga Maruge, has died in Nairobi aged 90.

The great-grandfather held the Guinness World Record for being the oldest person to start primary school, at the age of 84.

His house in the Rift Valley was burnt down in post-election violence last year and he was later moved from a camp to an old people’s home in the capital.

Despite the disruption, Mr Maruge kept hard at his studies and had two years left to finish his primary education.

Mr Maruge, a veteran of the Mau Mau independence movement, never had the opportunity to go to school when he was younger.

The father-of-five said he wanted to learn how to read the Bible for himself and he was also suspicious that he might not have been getting his full pension so he was also keen to study maths.

In 2004 he enrolled at Kapkenduywa primary school, in Eldoret, a year after the Kenyan government introduced free primary schooling.

With one of the best attendance records he was made a prefect in the school.

Two of his 30 grandchildren, who had been at the same school, said he had eventually wanted to complete a veterinary diploma.


Mumbi Kamuri, head of Cheshire Homes in Kenya where Mr Maruge spent the last year of his life, told the BBC he was dedicated to his studies right to the end.

Even after he was diagnosed with cancer in February he asked for teachers to teach him at home, she said.

“He was a very courageous man,” she said.

“Even if you don’t see it through to the end, you will still have achieved something.”

In 2005, he travelled to the United States where he called on world leaders attending a summit to make education for the poor a priority.

The BBC’s Will Ross in Nairobi says he will be remembered by many people as an inspirational figure who brought new meaning to the phrase, “it’s never too late”.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2009/08/14 20:10:48 GMT



This news story has been submitted by me as it exemplifies the philosophy of this Blog, and the many writings of Randall Butisingh where he promotes the philosophy of “Lifelong Learning”.

It is never too late to work towards new goals. Excuses based on age are no longer acceptable, especially in this age of worldwide information flows propelled by the Internet. Even in so-called backward societies, without the latest technologies, one can improve one’s education as books and other materials are becoming more readily available at reasonable prices, and as primary education becomes free in most countries.

Mr. Maruge did not live long enough to graduate but his story is now known by his people in Kenya and the world at large. It should  inspire everyone to follow his example of working towards the self-actualization of one’s life here on Planet Earth.

Remember that “It is never too Late!” Begin that first step towards ongoing personal growth now.

— Cyril Bryan – Guest Contributor.


1 Comment »

  1. marla butisingh said,

    My Dearset Grandfather: I hope you are keeping well. I am ok and I want you to know that I keep reading your blog and I just want to congradulate you on the wonderful piece of work you are doing and I am so proud to be your Grandaughter. You stay strong and healty and keep posting.

    love your grandaughter.

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