ProLiteracy Partners with National Geographic on Movie Debut
ProLiteracy, one of the largest nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing the cause of adult literacy and basic education in the world, is helping National Geographic to promote “The First Grader,” the incredible story of Kimani Maruge who, in his 80s, enrolls in elementary school to learn to read and write. Maruge fought against the British for the liberation of Kenya, and now he feels he must have a chance at the education so long denied—even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-old children.
Moved by his passionate plea, head teacher Jane Obinchu (played by Naomie Harris) supports his struggle to gain admission. Together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who don't want to waste a precious school place on such an old man.
Full of vitality and humor, the film explores the remarkable relationships Maruge builds with classmates some 80 years his junior. The movie also details some ofthe untold story of British colonial rule 50 years earlier. Maruge fought for the freedom of his country and eventually ended up in the extreme and harsh conditions of British detention camps.
“The First Grader” is a heartwarming and inspiring true story of one man's fight for what he believes is his right in order to overcome the burdens of his past. It is a triumphant testimony to the transforming force of education. The movie is playing in select cities around the United States. Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews, a blog, reviewed the movie, mentioning ProLiteracy and adult literacy statistics.