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The 72 year old Kaya elder Asman Ruma who hails from Kwale County in Kenya’s south coast region is keen on studying up to secondary school level but at least he is happy to have passed a crucial hurdle that will see him continue with his schooling. The father of five and grandfather of eight had enrolled at the Maweni Joy Adult Literacy Centre to further his primary school education.
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In November 2015, Ruma said that he would study hard to realise his dream of joining high school in 2016. His motivation to go back to school emerged after he was denied an opportunity of attending the UN Climate Change Conference in 2014 in Lima, Peru for being illiterate. This is despite being nominated by the government to attend the meeting.
“I missed the chance to fly out because I had no form four qualifications, something I regret up to this day,” Ruma said at the time.In January 2004, Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge (1920–2009) went into the Guinness Book of Records for being the oldest person in the world to begin school. Maruge was 84 years old when he started school after the introduction of the free primary education by former President Mwai Kibaki.