Benard Learao




He is the fourth born in a family of seven children. Benard is the first child in his family to go to high school—which he is very proud of. He takes this opportunity very seriously and wants to set the best possible example for all of his siblings.

Benard’s father passed away in April of last year and his mother, Esther, never went to school. It goes without saying she is very proud of her son. Esther lives the traditional Samburu lifestyle in Lekiji village, moving with the animals from one place to another in search of pasture and water for their animals.

Benard’s early schooling years were nontraditional by Western standards. He never attended preschool, as he was looking after the animals. While collecting firewood, Benard met a few young friends who attended school. Promptly, Benard went home and asked his father to take him to school. Finally, in 2011, he was enrolled at Sere Olipi Primary School. Much taller and older than the other pupils in his class, Benard fit in just fine academically. From the very beginning, he maintained a top position in his class.

Benard loves studying Science and reading about living things. In the future, he would like to become an electrical engineer. He met an electrician and has been intrigued by the job ever since. When not studying, Benard loves to play football and was elected as Class President in Class 8. All and all, Benard is a very talkative and social young man, with natural leadership skills. We are excited to see what the future holds for him.


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