Lolngojine Elijah Ltanikiyon




Elijah was born in 2006 and is the oldest of six children in his family. Neither of his parents have a formal education, and live as traditional pastoralists, moving with their animals from one place to another in search of pasture and water. Their home is located in Meuwa, about a 3 hour walk away from his primary school in Ndonyo Wasin. When Elijah became school age, his parents decided to send him to school so that when an inevitable drought came, he would be educated, employed and as a result would be able to look after the entire family. Elijah is proud of his role as the first to attend school, and was happy to find one of his younger siblings following in his footsteps.

Elijah started school in 2011 at Ndonyo Wasin Pre-School, learning under an acacia tree with the blackboard propped up against the tree trunk. Instead of a desk or a bench, the students sit on a small stone. In 2012, Elijah was promoted to Ndonyo Wasin for primary school. From the very beginning, he loved school. He has always lived by the fact that he is the only hope in his family for the future and has been dedicated and working hard throughout school. His favorite subjects are science and mathematics. He hopes one day to use his education to become a lawyer or a judge and treat people fairly. In addition to being a strong student, Elijah was a member of the wildlife club and their responsibility was conserving the school environment. He is one of the most responsible in his class, and in class eight was the class prefect, where he made sure his fellow students maintained a clean classroom and dormitory. He also loves to play football and keep himself physically fit.


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