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