In the remote, mountaintop primary school in the Kenyan bush, Many children are jostling for a chance for free education newly promised by the Kenyan Government. But, one of the applicant causes a big shock for many people when he enter the school.
He is Maruge (played by Oliver Litondo) an old veteran in his 80's, who is DESPERATE to learn and to read at his late stage of his life. He fought Liberation for his country and right now he must have the chance of the education that for so long has been denied by his country even he has to sit in the class room full of six year old children!!
In this movie, Oliver have to face many fierce opposition from parents and officials who don't want to waste a precious school and chance on such an old man. At the same time , a head teacher, who moved by oliver passionate plea, supports his struggle to gain admission.
The First Grader is a heartwarming and inspiring TRUE story of one man's fight for what he believe is his right in order to overcome the burdens of his part. His story is a testimony to the transforming force of education in Kenya.
(picture and synopsis taken from: The First Grade Movie )