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In this book, Ms. Marlin shares the inspiring story of her life and work in Kenya, where for more than fifty years, she has worked to improve the educational opportunities available to all Kenyans.

Background Information

Olga Marlin was born in New York City on November 12, 1934 and studied modern languages at Trinity College Dublin, from which she received her MA degree in 1956. She also holds a H.Dip.Ed. from University College Dublin. Ms. Marlin is a founding member of Kianda School, Nairobi, Kenya, which started as Kianda Secretarial College. It was the first multi-racial girls' school in East Africa. She is also a member of the Strathmore University Council.

Birth Place
New York City, NY USA

Doctor of Letters - D. Litt., honoris causa - degree from Strathmore University

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CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MULTI-DIMENSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF WOMEN The education of women is one of the most important aspects of the growth and development of a nation. Together with other enterprising women, Miss Marlin began the challenging task of the multi-dimensional development of women through carefully selected academic course units and practical training in a variety of learning institutions, initially in the Nairobi area and with time in the tea growing region of Limuru, the Coast Province of Kenya and later in Nigeria. Leadership for such initiatives were taken and monitored by Miss Marlin through Kianda Foundation, of which she is the Chairperson and Founding Trustee since January 1961. Some of the significant and successful institutions where Miss Marlin played a pioneering role leading to the betterment of the status of women will now be highlighted.

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Boissevain Books
360 West 22nd Street, #17E 
New York, NY 10011   USA
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To Africa with a Dream
Authored by Olga Marlin In the late 1950s, Opus Dei sought to begin apostolic work in Africa. A group of young women from various countries moved to Kenya with the aim of starting a school, one open to women of all races and beliefs, the first of its kind. Olga Marlin, who was one of those young women, tells the story of how the womens' faith in their mission was sustained despite obstacles and ultimately bore fruit.

Olga Marlin on Kenya TV
Tonight on money and power we introduce you to septuagenarian Dr. Olga Marlin one of Kenya's foremost educationists. She is widely credited for setting up Kenya's first integrated school in colonial Kenya in 1951 - The Kianda School, a reputed institution which stands to date. She also sits on the Strathmore University Council, which merged with Kianda College in 2003. KTN's Cynthia Nyamai brings you her captivating story of determination and a love for children and for learning.

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