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.
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.
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.
The father of six and grandfather of eight now gets ready and goes to school six days a week.
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.
"To forget my sorrows I go to school," said Kami in the classroom where he currently studies alongside 14- and 15-year-olds.
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.
Kami answers a question as he attends a class.
His classmates have dubbed him 'Baa,' which means father in Nepali.
Kami plays volleyball with friends during a break.
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.