The First Grader

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Juli-Dali art – Photo June Perkins

 

Just watched an awesome movie about never being too old to learn, the inspiring story of Maruge.  The synopsis gives you the general gist of this film based on a true story.

It has some brilliant turning points to watch out for and is one of those films you will never forget watching.  I love the high points in the movie like where Maruge has to show strength of character and stand up to others, but there are special moments like when he uses a goat to pay for a trip to Nairobi. How many more inspiring stories like this are there out there?  I feel so lucky to have learnt this one. The colonial rule of the past is something with far reaching consequences if it is too quickly forgotten, and education is a tool to building a new future in Kenya.

This story reminds me of how privileged many people in our world are, and how others have very limited resources but make the most of every opportunity given to them to learn.  Jane Obinchu, the teacher, who gives Maruge the opportunity to go to Primary school, even though he is eighty four, is an awe inspiring lady.  She reminds you of just what a difference great teachers can make in their communities.

I recommend this film highly to anyone who ever feels they are too old to learn something or make a difference or who is trying to find the courage to stand up for what is right.

For more see The First Grader.

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