Today Google Kenya is celebrating the inspirational life of Kimani Maruge. Kimani Maruge was the oldest student to have enlisted for primary school at the age of 84 on January 12, 2004. He holds the Guinness Book of Records for this.
Although Kimani Maruge did not have any papers to prove his age, he believed that he was born in 1920. Kimani Maruge enlisted at the Kapkenduiywo Primary School in Eldoret in Kenya
He said that the government’s announcement of universal and free elementary education in 2003 prompted him to enroll and offered him the opportunity to receive free elementary education, something that he and millions of Kenya’s could not afford prior to the Government stepping in.
A feature film about Kimani Maruge, starring Oliver Litondo and Naomie Harris titled The First Grader, was released on May 13, 2011. The British-produced film was shot on location in the Rift Valley in Kenya, despite earlier reports that it would be filmed in South Africa.
Director Justin Chadwick said: “We could have shot it in South Africa, but Kenya has this unbelievable, inexplicable energy – inherent in the children, and the people we were making the film about”.
Maruge died on August 14, 2009 of stomach cancer, at the Cheshire Home for the Aged in Nairobi. He was buried at his farm in Subukia. Today the 12 th of January 2015 Google celebrated the life and legacy of Kimani Maruge on the Kenya Google Search Engine homepage. We believe that it rings true “one are never too old to learn” and Kimani Maruge was proof of this. May his story serve as inspiration for millions of people around the globe that is still illiterate, or even the privilege to be thankful for receiving an education.