UN / 85 YEAR OLD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT

16-Sep-2005
Kimani Maruge came to the UN summit as a representative of the real world. At age 85, he is the oldest elementary school student in the world and in the Guinness Book of World Records. UNTV

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STORY: UN 85-YEAR OLD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT
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SOURCE: UNTV
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LANGUAGE: CH1: ENGLISH / KISWAHILI / NAT
CH2: ENGLISH / KISWAHILI / NAT
SOUND DATELINE: NEW YORK, 13 AND 14 SEPTEMBER 2005 / FILE

SHOTLIST:
NEW YORK, 14 SEPTEMBER 2005
1. Wide shot, UN HQ building aerial shot
2. Wide shot, Head of State group photo
3. Med shot, Head of State group photo
NEW YORK, 13 SEPTEMBER 2005
4. Wide shot, Kimani Maruge leaves yellow school bus and walks across street
5. Wide shot, Kimani walks by, photographs being taken
6. Pan right, yellow school bus
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jane Obinchu, Kimani's school principal:
" He says he has gained a lot, he can read and write, he can count his few shillings, if he gets any. He has really benefited from going to school."
8. Pan right, from poster "Take my friends to school" to group of high school students, holding up paper doll symbolizing 100 million children who don't go to school.
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Nane Annan, wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
"You always wanted to read and wrote. So you are from Kenya and suddenly there was free education for all in Kenya."
10. SOUNDBITE (Swahili) Kimani Maruge, oldest elementary student in the world: "We want that all the children in the world be educated, that's what I am really longing to see."
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11. Various shots children in Latin America producing bricks
12. Med shot, girl picking tea and being beaten to pick faster
13. Med shot boy in Asia carrying fish through the market
14. Various shots children going to school in Africa
NEW YORK, 13 SEPTEMBER 2005
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Kailash Satyarthi, President of the Global Campaign for Education:
"Two and a half days of military expenses can solve the problems of all children in the world, of their education, good quality education. But we are not prepared to do."
16. Med shot, Kimani Maruge walks back to the yellow school bus, camera pans to bus license plate that says 'Global Campaign for Education.'

STORYLINE
More than 150 World Leaders have come to the UN Summit in New York to review progress on their goal to cut poverty and illiteracy in half by the year 2015. Kimani Maruge came to the UN Summit as a representative of the real world.
At age 85 he is the oldest elementary student in the world and in the Guinness Book of Records. Only when his country Kenya started to offer free education two years ago, he could afford to enroll in first grade - together with his grandchildren.
SOUNDBITE (English) Jane Obinchu, Kimani's school principal:
" He says he has gained a lot, he can read and write, he can count his few shillings, if he gets any. He has really benefited from going to school." Kimani came to New York to remind World Leaders that still 100 million children in the world are not going to school. SOUNDBITE (English) Nane Annan, wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan: "You always wanted to read and wrote. So you are from Kenya and suddenly there was free education for all in Kenya."
SOUNDBITE (Swahili) Kimani Maruge, oldest elementary student in the world:
"We want that all the children in the world be educated, that's what I am really longing to see."
Early signs show that the UN and the countries of the world will not be able to deliver on their target for universal primary education, a key Millennium Development Goal (MDG) set in 2000. The first five-year target, being reviewed at the world summit, is for the same number of girls as boys to go to school. This five-year target has not been reached in more than 70 countries. At current rates of progress it will be 2150 before Africa meets the targets of getting all children into school.
SOUNDBITE (English) Kailash Satyarthi, President of the Global Campaign for Education: "Two and a half days of military expenses can solve the problems of all children in the world, of their education, good quality education. But we are not prepared to do (this)."
Kimani Maruge would like to marry a rich woman so that he can write his memoirs and study to become a vet. But first he has to finish elementary school. He promises to learn until he dies - and since there is so much to learn, he wants to live at least until the age of 300.

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