I recently received an online article about a Nepalese grandfather who has returned to school at the age of 68 (read the full article here). Living in a city where there’s a small Nepalese community, this story quickly caught my interest.
This gentleman lived through, and some might argue still does, the conflict in Nepal. That in itself is more than most of us can imagine, yet his story doesn’t stop there. After six children and eight grandchildren, Durga Kami decided to return to school – a goal that he had been robbed of as a result of poverty. A teacher from the school encouraged him to restart his studies and now Kami sits in a class full of 14- and 15-year-olds who have warmed up to having a baa (father in Nepalese) as a classmate. He shares his excitement about gaining more of an education, and he also reveals the truth that attending school provides an escape from sorrow he feels since the loss of his wife. School provides a refuge for Kami as it does for millions of other people all around the world.
As an educator, it brings me so much joy to see an individual who values education. It may be used as an escape from a harsh reality, or it may be a stepping stone while reaching one’s dreams. Regardless, one beauty of education is that it knows no age. We can gain an education at the age of 3-years-old, or at 68-years-old. So what is it that stops people in a country such as America – where primary education is free, and offered to everyone regardless of their race, gender, religion, economic level and so forth – do not take full advantage of the power held within education? How can a teacher help students to see the pure gift of having an education? Interested to hear your thoughts, reasonings and suggestions. Share below.
Ahmeli… that students, of all ages, genuinely seek the power found only in education.
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