Nepal's oldest student aims to become a teacher

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Durga Kami, 68, who is currently studying tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, leaves his one-room house, where he has lived alone since his wife died, in Syangja, Nepal, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Durga Kami, 68, who is currently studying tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, poses for a picture without 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
Durga Kami, 68, who is currently studying tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, combs his beard, as he gets ready for school in Syangja, Nepal, June 5, 2016. Kami has promised his classmate Sagar Thapa that he will cut his beard off if he passes tenth grade. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Durga Kami, 68, who is currently studying tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, brushes his teeth as he gets ready for school in Syangja, Nepal, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Durga Kami, 68, who is currently studying tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, looks into a mirror as he combs his beard while getting ready for school in Syangja, Nepal, June 5, 2016. Kami has promised his classmate Sagar Thapa that he will cut his beard off if he passes tenth grade. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Durga Kami, 68, who is currently studying in the tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, puts on a torn sock and t-shirt, as he gets ready for school in Syangja, Nepal, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Durga Kami, 68, who is studying in the tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, collects his school uniform, which has been drying in the sun outside his one-room house in Syangja, Nepal, June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A school uniform belonging to Durga Kami, 68, hangs on the wall of his one-room house, where he has been living alone since his wife passed away 15 years ago in Syangja, Nepal, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Durga Kami, 68, who is studying tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, puts on his school uniform, which was provided by the school for free, as he gets ready for school in Syangja, Nepal, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Shoes belonging to Durga Kami, 68, who is currently studying tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, is seen on the floor as he gets ready for school in Syangja, Nepal, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Durga Kami, 68, who is studying tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, adjusts his school uniform tie as he gets ready for school in Syangja, Nepal, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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
Villagers smile as they see Durga Kami, 68, who is studying tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, while he walks toward school in Syangja, Nepal, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Durga Kami, 68, who is studying in the tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, takes a rest as he walks to school in Syangja, Nepal, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Durga Kami, 68, who is studying tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, walks with his classmate Sagar Thapa, 14, as they head to school in Syangja, Nepal, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Durga Kami, 68, who is studying in tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, answers a question from his teacher as he attends a class in Syangja, Nepal, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A teacher helps Durga Kami, 68, who is studying in the tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, to fill his registration form to apply for the upcoming School Leavers Certificate Exams in Syangja, Nepal, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Durga Kami, 68, who is studying in the tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, puts his hand on a book as he attends a class in Syangja, Nepal, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Durga Kami, 68, who is in the tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, attends a class in Syangja, Nepal, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
An English notebook belonging to Durga Kami, 68, who is studying in the tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, is seen on his desk in Syangja, Nepal, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Durga Kami, 68, who is studying in the tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, poses with classmates outside their classroom in Syangja, Nepal, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Durga Kami, 68, who is studying in the tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, plays volleyball with friends during a break 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
Durga Kami, 68, who is studying in the tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School plays volleyball during a break in Syangja, Nepal, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Durga Kami (C), 68, and his classmates pose for a group picture in their classroom at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School 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
Durga Kami, 68, who is studying in the tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, walks outside the school in Syangja, Nepal, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Durga Kami, 68, who is studying in the tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, drinks tea as he prepares dinner at his one-room house in Syangja, Nepal, June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Durga Kami, 68, who is studying in the tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, prepares dinner at his one-room house in Syangja, Nepal, June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Durga Kami, 68, who is studying in the tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, uses a torch to read a book during a power cut, at his one-room house in Syangja, Nepal, June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Durga Kami, 68, who is studying in the tenth grade at Shree Kala Bhairab Higher Secondary School, is seen through the window as he prepares dinner for himself at his one room house in Syangja, Nepal, June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar. SEARCH "DURGA KAMI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Every morning, six days a week, Durga Kami gets ready for school. The 68-year-old grandfather recently returned to his studies following the death of his wife, and is now thought to be Nepal's oldest student.

He's from the lowest rung of the caste system, called 'Dalit', or the 'Untouchables,' and walks to school every day with the help of his walking stick.

When Kami was younger, he wanted to be a teacher, but was too poor to finish his studies. A few years ago, a higher secondary school gave him a scholarship and provided him with stationary and a uniform. It was a welcome break from his lonely life in an isolated, one-room home.

"I am attending school with the intention of getting myself educated before I die and to impart knowledge to other Dalits as well," he said.

Nepal's oldest student?

Kami gets along well with his classmates, who call him Baa, Nepali for 'Father'.

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

"We gradually passed eighth and ninth grade and have successfully reached 10th grade," classmate Sagar Thapa told Reuters. "We help him on what he doesn't know and he also asks us questions without any hesitation."

Kami hopes to continue studying for the rest of his life.

AOL.com contributed to this report

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