62-year-old mother of 9 goes back to primary school to finish education

62-year-old mother of 9 goes back to primary school to finish education

- Maureen Ngoma's educational journey came to a halt 45 years ago when she dropped out of school aged 17 years to get married

- She, however, always aspired to be like the educated independent women who work in offices

- That is why at 62 years, blessed with both children and grandchildren, Maureen enrolled herself into grade 8 at the Senga Lumbwe Basic School under adult literacy

At 62 years of age, most ordinary folks would have completely forgotten about school to focus on ageing gracefully and spending time with their grandchildren.

Maureen Ngoma: 62-year-old Mother of 9 Goes Back to Primary School
Maureen Ngoma plans to join politics after completing her education. Photo credits: Emily Kuwema.
Source: UGC

For Zambian Maureen Ngoma, that has become the start of a new phase for her in education.

The mother of nine recently joined the Senga Lumbwe Basic School in Lusaka under adult literacy as a grade 8 pupil.

"I want to work in a big office and give my service to the people when I finish school," she said.

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The Times of Zambia reports that Maureen aspires to join the Zambia Army or join politics and vie for the Lusaka Central Parliamentary seat once she is done with her education.

According to the mother of nine, independent women who work in respectable offices inspire her.

That she had very minimal formal education stood in her way of being like them, the reason she decided to go back to where she went off-track and pick up the pieces.

Maureen's educational journey came to a halt 45 years ago when she dropped out of school aged 17 years to get married.

In a picture shared online, Maureen is seen in the company of her grandchildren who were escorting her to school.

Maureen follows in the footsteps of the late Kimani Ng'ang'a Maruge, who entered into the Guinness World Records for enrolling into primary school aged 84 years.

The Kenyan octogenarian gained international recognition for his bold move to the level of Hollywood producing a movie under his name christened The First Grader.

Source: Yen

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