92-year-old elementary school pupil inspires generation in Kenya

92-year-old elementary school pupil inspires generation in Kenya

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Olvasd el ennek a 92 éves asszonynak az igazán inspiráló történetét. 

92-year-old elementary school pupil inspires generation in Kenya

Priscilla Sitienei grew up in Kenya when women didn't get an education.

Now in her 90s, she is changing that, attending elementary school – and inspiring a generation.

She started five years ago as a kindergartener at a boarding school near Eldoret. She's in fourth grade today.

"I had grandchildren and great-grandchildren who did not like going to school," she says. "That made me mad. I decided I have to show them that education is important."

During colonial times, some Kenyan hospitals did not keep birth records. Priscilla’s exact age is unclear, but she says she was born around 1923, when there was a famine in her hometown. Growing up, relatives told her she barely survived that famine as a toddler, which gave her a rough estimate of her birth year.

If confirmed by the Guinness World Records, she would be the oldest pupil in elementary school.

 Another Kenyan, Kimani Maruge was already in the Guinness World Records in 2004. He was named the oldest person to begin primary school. Five years later, he died at age 90.

Though Priscilla worked as a midwife for decades, she says there's still a lot to learn.

"My favorite subject is math," the elderly woman says. "Now that I'm in school, I know how much medicine to give the women who I help deliver their babies."

She got married at a young age and focused on raising her 10 children.

"I could not go to school even if I wanted," she says. "In my time, educating a woman was considered a waste of time and money."

She enthusiastically describes her love for school and her fellow pupils, some of whom she helped bring into this world.

"They call me gogo," she says, using the word for grandmother in her tribe. "We play in swings during the break and we talk. I like school."

Priscilla has a special room in a corner. Outside her door there is a sign that says "education has no age limit."

David Kinyanjui, the principal of the school, describes her as a model pupil.

"She advices our girls, she advices our boys," he says. "She participates in everything, including PE (physical education). She's also good at math and science, and she's such a good storyteller."

Priscilla's enthusiasm is already paying off.

Her three grandchildren are her classmates. They have friendly competitions on who'll make the best grades.

Here’s a short version of the story again. Can you fill in the gaps with words from the original text?

A woman in Kenya, who is more than 90 years old, goes to … (1) and is in the fourth … (2) now. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren made her … (3) because they didn’t like school so she decided to show them that … (4) is important.

When she was born they didn’t keep … (5) so we don’t know her exact … (6). She worked as a … (7) for many years, helping women to … (8) babies but she couldn’t go to school because they thought it was a … (9) of time and money to teach women in schools.

She loves her … (10) pupils in the school and even plays with them in … (12) during the … (13). She has her own room in the school in a … (14). The … (15) of the school thinks she ‘s a … (16) pupil. She … (17) in everything, even in PE lessons. Her three grandchildren are also her … (18). She has friendly … (19) with them on who will have the best … (20).

 

Key:

1. elementary school (primary school)

2. grade

3. mad

4. education (going to school)

5. birth records

6. age

7. midwife

8. deliver

9. waste

10. fellow

11. swings

12.break

14. corner

15. principal

16. model

17. participates

18. classmates

19. competitions

20. grades

Vocabulary

elementary school

általános iskola

pupil

tanuló

to inspire

inspirálni, megihletni

generation

nemzedék

education

oktatás

to attend school

iskolába járni

kindergartener

óvodás

boarding school

bentlakásos iskola

fourth grade

negyedik osztály

grandchildren

unokák

great-grandchildren

dédunokák

to make somebody mad

felmérgesíteni valakit

to decide

elhatározni

colonial times

gyarmati idők

to keep birth records

feljegyezni a születéseket, anyakönyvezni

exact

pontos

age

kor

unclear

nem világos

famine

éhínség

hometown

szülőváros

relatives

rokonok

barely

alig

to survive

túlélni

toddler

totyogós gyerek (1,5 – 2 év körüli)

a rough estimate

hozzávetőleges becslés

birth year

születési év

to confirm

megerősíteni

Guinness World Records

Guinness Világrekordok

primary school

általános iskola

midwife

bába

decade

évtized

there's still a lot to learn

még sok mindent lehet tanulni

to deliver babies

kisbabát világra hozni

to focus on

valamire koncentrálni

to raise children

gyereket nevelni

to consider

valaminek tartani, gondolni

a waste of time and money

időpocsékolás és pénzkidobás

enthusiastically

lelkesen

to describe

leírni, bemutatni

fellow pupils

iskolatársak

to bring a baby into this world

világra segíteni egy kisbabát

tribe

törzs

swing

hinta

break

szünet

corner

sarok

sign

tábla

education has no age limit

az oktatás nincs korhoz kötve (nem számít, hogy hány éves az ember, ha  tanulásról van szó)

principal

igazgató

model pupil

mintadiák

to advice

tanácsot adni

to participate in something

részt venni valamiben

including

beleértve

PE (physical education)

testnevelésóra

science

természettudományok

good storyteller

jó mesélő

enthusiasm

lelkesedés

it is paying off

már megvan a gyümölcse

classmates

osztálytárs

competition

verseny

grade

osztályzat

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