A 69-year-old father of 11 kids identified as Tadesse Ghichile, has gone back to school with the hope to graduate with a medical doctorate degree from Jimma University in Ethiopia.
As the old adage goes; education has no limit, and no one represents that better than an Ethiopian father of 11 who enrolled at a university at the age of 69.
Tadesse Ghichile was not only praised but also became a social media sensation in his country when he made the bold move.
According to the Nile Post, it reports that Tadesse was orphaned at a young age and was unable to continue with his formal education after middle school.
He managed to rejoin in adulthood and is currently a student at Jimma University in western Ethiopia where he is looking to graduate with a medical degree.
To fend for himself as well as raise his fees, Tadesse does small-scale farming as well as works at a café in his village.
Even with the burden of provision, the determined family man somehow managed to study and excel in the national university entrance exam.
Tadesse went back to formal school 10 years ago, picking up from where he had dropped out in the eighth grade after he lost his parents.
Even with the setback, the urge to go back to school never left him, only that it took longer because he ended up starting a family and had to shelve the dream for a while.
The good thing about it is that the moment he set his foot back in school, he was determined not to be sidetracked again.
He currently boasts a place in one of Ethiopia’s biggest universities and looks forward to better fortunes ahead.
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