How old are you to think it’s too late to start? This 90 year old lady attends school along with her great-great-grandchildren
It’s never too late for ‘Gogo’ to learn; and at 90, Priscilla Sitienei, whom everyone calls Gogo, meaning grandmother in the local Kalenjin language, comfortably shares the bench with her great-great-grandchildren, in the primary school.
Priscilla Sitienei, the 90-year-old Kenyan lady is believed to be the oldest primary school pupil in the world. She joined Leaders Vision Preparatory School five years ago, with the intention to simply read and write. She served her village of Ndalat in the Rift Valley as a midwife for the last 65 years. At school, she sits on the front bench and listens carefully while she writes the names of animals in her notebook.
I want to say to the children of the world, especially girls, that education will be your wealth.
Priscilla Sitienei grew up in a Kenya occupied by the British. She lived through her country’s struggle for independence, but she never had the chance to go to school. Priscilla Sitienei wants to read the Bible and write down the herbal remedies she uses during the birth of a child.
At first, Priscilla Sitienei was turned away from the school, but was accepted very soon, when her sincerity was noticed. Even headmaster David Kinyanjui believes Gogo to be an example to the rest of her class. Priscilla Sitienei is now the prefect of the class. She takes part in all of the classes – Maths, English, PE, dance, drama and singing.
She is now an inspiration for all the villagers. She wonders when she sees the village children roaming, instead of going to school. She often confronts children and motivates them to attend school.
They tell me they are too old. I tell them, well I am at school and so should you. Says Priscilla Sitienei.
Children of the class have lot many reasons to love their Gogo. She often tells them stories under the trees near the playing fields to ensure, her knowledge of local customs are passed on. The children of Leaders Vision Preparatory School are indeed very lucky to have such an enthusiastic grandmother with so much of positive energy, as their classmate. Thank you Gogo Priscilla Sitienei, for truly proving to the world that learning has no age bar, and for being an inspiration for millions of people who think it’s too late to start.