Never too late! Kenyan grandmother describes how it feels to learn how to read at age of 60

Never too late! Kenyan grandmother describes how it feels to learn how to read at age of 60

- Florence Cheptoo is learning how to read at the age of 60

- Her interest in reading began when her granddaughter brought books home from school

- She says she now feels "part of the modern world"

A Kenyan grandmother has described how it feels to finally learn how to read at the age of 60.

Florence Cheptoo, who is from a rural village in Chesongoch, Marakwet East, developed an interest in reading when her granddaughter brought books home from school.

The school had benefitted from free books distributed by the UK-based Book Aid International charity.

Cheptoo has learnt how to read at the age of 60. Photo: BBC

Cheptoo has learnt how to read at the age of 60. Photo: BBC

However, teachers soon realized that most parents and grandparents in the area did not know how to read. They therefore established an adult literacy program that Cheptoo has participated in.

In an interview with BBC, Cheptoo said her parents did not value education and chose to marry her off.

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She is pictured here with her fellow learners at their adult literacy class. Photo: BBC

She is pictured here with her fellow learners at their adult literacy class. Photo: BBC

However, literacy has now made a huge difference in her life. She can now read her medical prescriptions, read and sign legal documents, and read newspapers.

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Furthermore, she no longer needs anyone to read Bible scriptures to her. She is also excited about maps, because they teach her where other parts of the country are, as well as agricultural books.

She can now read books on agriculture, among others. Photo: BBC

She can now read books on agriculture, among others. Photo: BBC

Cheptoo said she now "feels part of those who are in the modern world."

Source: Yen.com.gh

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