An 80-year-old grandmother, Maria Obonyo, has enrolled herself in a primary school in her village, on the path to fulfilling her dream of becoming a teacher.
The Ugandan octogenarian said she was motivated to go to school out of loneliness.
She told Daily Monitor in Uganda: “I decided to enrol at the school because I lost all my relatives and there was nobody to take care of me. I am determined to study until I graduate from Makerere University as a teacher."
Having enrolled in primary school at the age of 80, Obonyo feels she does not need to play with her education since she has started late.
Director of Obonyo's school, Stella Tayona said the old lady started from "Baby Class" or kindergarten in 2015 and graduated in 2018.
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The director said: “She is a hardworking pupil who never misses classes and is social to fellow classmates."
The headteacher of the school, Olivia Kwagala, is full of praise for the 80-year-old woman for being a serious student and hopes to see her complete primary school education in good time.
“She is also so eager to learn how to append her signature on a document", said Kwagala.
Although Obonyo has no means to fund her education, her school and other well-wishers have been supporting to ensure she does not drop out.
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Public servants in Uganda are expected to retire at the age of 55 years so Obonyo's dream of being a teacher might already have passed.
Even if a private institution does not employ her if she becomes a professional teacher, her dream is at least praiseworthy.
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