Kenya

    A farmer celebrated in Kenya as the world's oldest school pupil has died in the east African country aged 90. Kimani Maruge, an illiterate great-grandfather, grabbed global headlines when he jumped at a belated chance to educate himself soon after President Mwai Kibaki's government introduced free primary schooling in 2003. In 2005, he traveled to the United Nations in New York to urge world leaders to press education for the poor. Kenya's NTV broadcaster said Maruge had been diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and had undergone surgery, but that his health had since deteriorated. (Reuters)

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