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Reading: Where there’s will, there’s way: 40-Year-Old Kenyan Goes Back To School After Twenty Five Years
Reading: Where there’s will, there’s way: 40-Year-Old Kenyan Goes Back To School After Twenty Five Years

Where there’s will, there’s way: 40-Year-Old Kenyan Goes Back To School After Twenty Five Years

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Where there's will, there's way: 40-Year-Old Kenyan Goes Back To School After Twenty Five Years
Where there's will, there's way: 40-Year-Old Kenyan Goes Back To School After Twenty Five Years

40-Year-Old Richard Njenga, a resident of Heshima Estate in Kiamana Ward in Bahati Constituency, has an inspiring story that proves the age-old adage true, that “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” At 40-years-old, Richard never completed his primary school education. But after 25 years, Richard was determined to achieve his goals and enrolled in St Lwanga Primary School. Last year, he completed the KCPE exam with flying colours.

With education being a top priority of mine in transforming and empowering Bahati residents, Richard’s story serves as an inspiration to all those from a disadvantaged background. I was truly humbled to hear of his commitment to realising his dreams despite the obstacles he faced.

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It is an undeniable truth that no matter the hardships that you may encounter on your path to success, if you remain focused and determined then your goals can be achieved. It is also important to remember that your dreams are valid, and it is never too late for a willing heart.

My office is committed to supporting Richard and many others, who are struggling to raise school fees, in order to ensure that Bahati residents have access to basic education, as mandated by the Kenyan Constitution.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.