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Never Too Old: Meet Nepal's 68-Year-Old Student

Durga Kami started going to school to escape a lonely home life following the death of his wife.

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Image: Durga Kami who is studying in the tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, prepares his school uniform

Durga Kami, a 10th grade student at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, prepares his uniform outside his one-room house in Syangja, Nepal, on June 4, 2016.

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Image: Sagar Thapa, 14, walks with Kami as they head to school.

Sagar Thapa, 14, walks with Kami as they head to school. As a child, Kami dreamed of being a teacher but had to drop out due to lack of school fees.

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Image: The father of six and grandfather of eight, grooms himself before heading to school

The father of six and grandfather of eight now gets ready and goes to school six days a week. 

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Image: The buzz created by his school mates is a welcome contrast to the hush of the isolated one-room home, with its leaking roof and frequent power cuts, where Kami lives

The buzz created by his schoolmates is a welcome contrast to the silence of the isolated one-room home, with its leaking roof and frequent power cuts, where Kami lives alone since all his children have moved out.

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Image: Kami's notebook on his desk.

"To forget my sorrows I go to school," said Kami in the classroom where he currently studies alongside 14- and 15-year-olds.

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Image: A teacher helps Kami fill out his registration form to apply for upcoming exams

He first had to attend primary school with 7- and 8-year-olds to learn how to read and write. Now he’s registering for exams. 

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Image: The Wider Image: Nepal's 68-year-old student

Kami answers a question as he attends a class.

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Image: His classmates have dubbed him 'Baa,' which means father in Nepali.

His classmates have dubbed him 'Baa,' which means father in Nepali.

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Image: Kami plays volleyball with friends during a break

Kami plays volleyball with friends during a break.

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Image: Kami reads at home during a power outage

Kami reads at home during a power outage. He hopes others will be inspired by his story to get an education. 

If they see an old person with a white beard like me studying in school they might get motivated as well," he said.

 

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