The First Grader tells the true story of an 83 year old Mau Mau veteran, Margue, who is desperate to learn to read and write when ‘free education for all’ is offered by the Kenyan government. Through his struggle to earn his place in school, while facing opposition from parents and government officials, we are also told the story of British colonial rule where Margue fought for the freedom of his country. The First Grader is an inspiring, uplifting story about one man fighting for his right to education while facing so much discrimination from his own countrymen.
British newspaper the Guardian, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, offer a comprehensive up-to-date global development section on their website. The site covers everything from Millennium Development Goals updates, news, data, blogs and general articles on development issues. It also links to external development blogs and twitterfeeds . Check it out for easily accessible up to date information and discussions on development.
Africa Day, initiated by the African Union and supported by Irish Aid since 2008, falls on the 25th of May every year. To celebrate Africa Day, there will be a weeklong series of events in Dublin, Limerick and Galway with African music, dance, films, history, educational activities, sport and art taking place from the 21st – 29th of May. While celebrating the African communities living in Ireland, Africa day also aims to raise public awareness of Irish Aid, the Irish government’s overseas development programme. Africa day programmes are available to download from the Africa Day homepage.