PHOTOS: Meet Nepal's Oldest Student, 68-Year-Old Durga Kami

16/06/2016 3:48 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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Durga Kami, 68, who is studying tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, poses for a picture wearing his school uniform at the door of his one-room house in Syangja, Nepal, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Unlike most 68-year-olds, Durga Kami, does not wake up and look forward to the rustle of newspapers and a hot cup of tea. Instead, this grandfather of eight, brushes his bushy white beard, puts on his uniform — white shirt, grey trousers and a tie — and walks for over an hour to reach school.

Kami, who wanted to be a school teacher but couldn't finish his studies as a child because of financial constraints, told Reuters that he decided to go back to school to "escape a lonely home life" after the death of his wife.

"To forget my sorrow, I go to school," says Kami, who is probably Nepal's oldest school student.

Kami is a student at the Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, along with some 200-odd students. He feels that the sights and sounds of young children running around is a welcome contrast to the silence of his one-room home.

"I used to think, 'Why is this old man coming to school to study with us?' But as time passed I enjoyed his company," said Kami's 14-year-old classmate, Sagar Thapa. "He is a little weak in studies compared to us but we help him out with that."

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