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The First Grader

Watched the First Grader in Durban yesterday at Gateway in Durban last night

The First Grader blown emotionally charged true story of an illiterate 84-year old Kenyan, Kimane Maruge, who decides he wants to learn to read before he dies, and eventually is allowed to join a rural primary school class, after being turned away a number of times ( persistence and determination).

This creates all sorts of media attention and controversy.Eventually, however, things settle down, Maruge learns his ABCs, and lessons are learned about the unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

As a child, Maruge was denied an education when the country was under British colonial rule. As a young man, he would fight for Kenyan independence as a Mau Mau freedom fighter and pay a heavy price.



Posted on November 4, 2011

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