Elderly African women learn English ahead of Obama’s visit

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Elderly African women learn English ahead of Obama’s visit

Elderly women in Siaya County western Kenya are taking English classes ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit. The grannies say they are learning in English so that they can speak with Obama.

The women hope to talk with their ‘son’ should he stop by the Nyanza County during his three-day state visit.

The students, who come from all over the county, congregate under a tree, where they take their lessons.

65-year-old Jane Wanjiku Ahenda said she wishes she could meet Obama face to face, adding that she would like him to fund more adult education centres.

“I would be so happy to meet Obama because I have never met him face to face. I can now say am confident to stand before him and speak in English. If I meet him, I would request him to fund more learning institutions in the area so that we can continue schooling,” says Ahenda.

Ahenda’s teacher, Florence Auma Okoth, says that she is pleased with the progress of her students despite the fact that it takes the elderly longer to grasp concepts.

Story from CCTV Africa.