Too old to try something new? Pfft. Never.
Google Kenya’s homepage has had a bit of a makeover. And it’s a tribute message that the whole world could learn a thing or two from.
The Google Kenya logo, famous for adapting to mark historical events or celebrate game-changers in the world, currently displays an elderly man eagerly writing notes while primary school kids watch on:
Though at first glance the image might not mean much to you, once you hear the story behind it you’ll surely be inspired.
The man being celebrated is Kimani Maruge. It’s been 11 years since Kimani, who passed away in 2009, enrolled in primary school.
He made history when, at the ripe old age of 84, he walked through the doors of a school in Eldoret, western Kenya, and decided he wanted to fulfil a lifelong passion of his-– to learn.
The Guiness Book of World Records currently lists Mr Maruge as the eldest person to have ever enrolled in primary school. He has been pictured sitting in class each day wearing a school uniform like the children around him, and hunched over with the aid of a cane. But always with a keen look on his face, and a pen in his hand.
Mr Maruge was a fierce advocate for universal free education, until the day he died. It was the Kenyan Government’s introduction of free elementary education in 2003 that allowed him to pursue his dream of being able to read. Before the law changed, he and millions of Kenyans who wanted to simply couldn’t afford to attend school.