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When the Kenyan government introduces free education for all Kimani Maruge, an 84 year old village elder and Mau Mau veteran, sees the opportunity to have the education he has so long been denied - even if it means sitting alongside 6 year olds. Having fought and suffered to liberate his country. Maruge feels his country owes him. Together with head teacher Jane Obinchu, he faces fierce opposition from parents and officials reluctant to see a precious school place wasted on an old man. Full of vitality and humour, THE FIRST GRADER tells the uplifting story of one man's struggle to overcome the demons of his past through the power of education.
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