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The Nepalese man who is going back to school to finish his studies - at 68

A Nepalese grandfather who was prevented from completing his schooling as a child due to poverty is donning the school uniform once again - as he joins 14 and 15-year-olds at a local school to finally finish his studies.

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Durga Kami, whose six children have all left home, walks for more than an hour to his classes at the Shree Kala Bhairab higher secondary school to escape his loneliness at home following the death of his wife.

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Walking into the and the buzz created by 200 children is a welcome contrast to the hush of the isolated one-room home, with its leaking roof and frequent power cuts, where Kami lives in Syangja district, around 250 km west of Nepal's capital Kathmandu.

To forget my sorrows, I go to school.

– Durga Kami

The 68-year-old first went to a primary school to learn to read and write with seven and eight-year-olds, before leaving after finishing grade five with the 11-year-olds.

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A teacher at Shree Kala Bhairab, D.R Koirala, then invited Kami to his school, which provided the grandfather with stationary and a school uniform including grey trousers, blue striped tie and white shirt.

"This is my first experience teaching a person who is as senior as my father's age," Koirala said. "I feel very excited and happy."

As a child his goal was to become a teacher, but it is only now with the scholarship that Kami can fulfill his ambition to continue studying until his death.

He added he hoped it would encourage others to ignore age obstacles.

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

The school scholarship does not stretch to cover food though, so Kami's breakfast of rice with a fermented green vegetable known as 'Gundruk' must sustain him until dinner.

The 20 children in his grade 10 class have dubbed Kami 'Baa', which means 'father' in Nepali, but despite his age their elderly class mate joins in all activities, including volleyball in the schoolyard.

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"I used to think 'why is this old man coming to school to study with us?' but as time passed I enjoyed his company," Kami's 14-year-old class mate Sagar Thapa said.

"He is a little bit weak in studies compared to us but we help him out with that."