Leleruk Johnson




Johnson is the third born in a family of seven. He was born in 1997. He has three brothers and 4 sisters. His parents are traditional nomadic pastoralists living in the Mewa area of Ndonyo Wasin. They live off the blood and milk from their cows and travel in search of water and grass for their animals.

Johnson’s father chose Johnson from his three sons to go to school. He was the first child in his family to ever go to school. He enrolled Johnson in the preschool that had just opened near where they lived. It was a nomadic preschool. Each preschool classroom is situated under a thorn tree with a blackboard propped against the tree trunk. This is where 25 to 35 children learn to read, write, add and subtract. When the head teacher from Ndonyo Wasin came to open the preschool Johnson’s father was very impressed with what he had to say and he used the Head Teacher as a role model for Johnson to show his son what he expected of him; someone who could read books and write and was knowledgeable about all sorts of things outside Ndonyo Wasin.

Johnson has taken his fathers wish seriously – he has always been among the top three students in class. He says the key to his success is simply hard work. He would get up at 4 am in the morning to study in a classroom that had solar lighting.


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