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Never Too Old to Learn: Durge Kami’s Return to School at 69 #WATWB #NeverTooOld #LifeLongLearner


Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Sylvia McGrathSusan ScottShilpa GargEric Lahti, and myself, Belinda Witzenhausen.

To learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here!

Those who know me well can tell you how much I love learning.  Always interested in improving myself, and to satisfy my love of learning, I am what some may call a “perpetual student”. Often, I have scraped and saved, worked multiple jobs and gone to school part-time just to have the opportunity to learn, but to be honest I have never regretted a second of it.  I have graduated from college, finishing multiple programs over the years:  Art, Counselling, Life Coaching, Writing & Art Therapy.  Each time I have loved and used what I have learned in my professional life most recently by trying to help people heal and find solace through the arts. At almost 50, I am still taking courses, this time to follow a lifetime love of Archaeology, History & Palaeography. When I came across this story about Durge Kami, both his enthusiasm and sheer will, inspired me to keep pursuing my love of learning.

Durge Kami, a 69-year-old widowed father of 7 from Nepal, worked hard all his life to look after his large family. Unable to attend school as a child, after his children grew up and moved on, he decided, finally, to pursue his lifelong dream of formal education. Although old enough to be many of his fellow student’s grandfather and mocked regularly for daring to try, Durge’s hunger for knowledge has driven him to walk for an hour and a half each way just for the opportunity to attend school. Below is Durge’s story, proving you’re never too old to pursue your dreams. I hope you find it as inspirational as I do.


“With the wisdom of age, I want to show the light of knowledge to everyone.”

16 thoughts on “Never Too Old to Learn: Durge Kami’s Return to School at 69 #WATWB #NeverTooOld #LifeLongLearner”

    1. Agreed! His enthusiasm and determination are inspiring! Thanks so much for stopping by and for being a part of#WATWB. Hope you have a fantastic weekend!😊


  1. Thanks Belinda, Durge’s story is very inspirational! It was lovely to see him playing football at recess with the young ones, Burt more than that it shows how one grows at all times with education widening the horizons. Thanks for co-hosting this month 🙂

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  2. That’s awesome. You’re never too old. Of course, one could argue he got plenty of education from just living, but it’s great to see people following their dreams even if it takes a long time to run them to ground.


    1. True, life is an education in itself. I just had to admire the guy for his enthusiasm. Thanks so much for stopping by Eric and for being a part of #WATWB! 🙂 Have a great week!

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  3. What an inspiring man! I loved this positive story, and the man’s humbleness and wisdom. Wow, two hours to get home, then do your homework, then fall asleep like an old man, then do it again the next day. Thanks for sharing this uplifting story.


  4. Hi Belinda – how wonderful to see … quite extraordinary – loved the video and see him with his fellow students. He really does set an example to us all … brilliant – loved it -thank you! Cheers Hilary


  5. Sylvia W. McGrath, Freelance Writer, Literacy Tutor, and Professional Book Reviewer says:

    Thank you for sharing Belinda, that was inspiring, one is never too old to learn.


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