Google’s homepage is undeniably the most viewed page in the whole world wide web. For anyone to make it to such a page their contribution to humanity as a whole must have quite immense. Kenya has had a fair share of inspirational personalities such as the world famous environmentalist Wangari Mathai among others.
Today’s doodle is dedicated to one Kimani Maruge. The kenyan who holds a Guinness World Record for being the world’s oldest person to start primary education. This is to celebrate his first day of school twelve years ago.
Maruge attended Kapkenduiywo Primary School in Eldoret, Kenya; he said that the government’s announcement of universal and free elementary education in 2003 prompted him to enroll.
In 2005 Maruge, who was a model student, was elected head boy of his school.
In September 2005, Maruge boarded a plane for the first time in his life, and headed to New York City to address the United Nations Millennium Development Summit on the importance of free primary education
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.