A Small Act – Q&A with Chris Mburu and Hilde Back

Small Act, A
Voertaal: English

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maandag 28 maart 2011 - 14:00

Marlieke Kieboom (ISS) interviews Chris Mburu, activist and human rights lawyer for the United Nations, and Hilde Back from Sweden, who funded his law degree.


Primary schools in the East African country of Kenya are free. Although this policy leads to crowded classrooms, a basic education is theoretically available to everyone. The same does not hold true of secondary school, let alone university, so continued education is an unattainable dream for many Kenyan children.


Chris Mburu was lucky: a Swedish woman named Hilde Back sponsored his education all the way up to university. He studied law at the University of Nairobi, then went on to Harvard after winning a Fulbright Scholarship. In 1993, he obtained his Master's degree in International Human Rights Law, followed by an international career. He now works as a human rights lawyer for the United Nations. In 2001, he founded the Hilde Back Education Fund, giving bright and ambitious Kenyan children the same opportunity he once received.