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It’s Real: Rwanda’s 45 Year-Old Man Goes Back to Primary School

Late Lucky Dube said, “And if you think affirmative action
is the way out, no way, no way
Education is still the key
Even though we have affirmative action.”

Nelson Mandela also said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”


Besides that, Rwanda also registers another old man to join primary school though not so old as Kenya’s Maruge and others that have joined school in previous years, but he is believed to be 45 years of age.

Etienne Ngango, 45, a peasant of Ruhango sector in Ruhango district, missed the chance of attending school but said it’s better late than never and so, he decided to join primary school so that he can get the information he missed.

Etienne is a casual labourer who does things of carpentry and he is married with 2 kids, he told his family and friends how happier he could become if he goes back to school no matter the age.

It’s believed that his brains function very well and so, he was admitted in a nearby primary school in level 4 to learn basic language especially English which he can’t wait to learn.

“Today English is the most selling language and without so, your business cannot run smoothly since my main target is to become an international carpenter and serve internationally.”

“the world is running so fast and therefore we should also run as it is doing, sometimes we miss business because of language burrier and that’s the exact thing i want to solve both in me and my family; I want all my children to study languages especially English.” He said.

Ngango finds that with English, he will be able to learn more about the world.
“I find no shame in going after my dream, and that is studying English” I feel so strong and proud, he added.

According to Jean Bosco Shikama, the Deputy Headmaster for Academics at Muyange Primary School in Ruhango sector where Ngango goes to school says the school has never had a pupil of this age or even close.

On the other side, we have seen several ageing guys join school like Kenya’s Kimani Maruge born 1920 - August 14, 2009 holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest person to start primary school he enrolled in the first grade on January 12, 2004, aged 84. Although he had no papers to prove his age, Maruge believed he was born in 1920.

Kenya’s oldest Maruge to join school at 84.

By Robert Muriisa.

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