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This 68-Year-Old Man Went Back To School After His Wife Died
The Wider Image: Nepal's 68-year-old student
Published: Jun 16, 2016

A father of six and a grandfather of eight Durga Kami  is 68, and one of the Nepal’s oldest students.

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He goes to school to complete his studies and escape a lonely home life following the death of his wife. “To forget my sorrows I go to school,” Kami said in an interview.

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Kami was unable to finish his studies as a child because of poverty. Now the 68-year-old widower puts on his uniform and and walks for over an hour to get to school.

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Six days a week in a one room school with two hundred other pupils, Kami learns the skills he hopes will make his dreams of teaching one day become a reality.

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Currently in the 10th grade in Nepal’s schooling system, he studies alongside 14 and 15-year-old students. Despite his age, Kami joins in all school activities, including volleyball.

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Since he joined them last year the other pupils have warmed to Kami – calling him ‘Baa’, which is Nepali for dad.

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To save money Kami spends his nights studying in darkness and often skips meals so he can go to school.

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He hopes to inspire the next generation. “If they see an old person with white beard like me studying in school they might get motivated as well,” Durga Kami says.