'I feel ready to give it my all': 96-year-old woman fulfils dream of joining high school

'I feel ready to give it my all': 96-year-old woman fulfils dream of joining high school

- Palacios has joined high school at the age of 96

- She never went to school as a child

- She first enrolled for a literacy programme at the age of 92

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A 96-year-old woman in the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico, has finally fulfilled her dream of going to high school.

Guadalupe Palacios was reportedly the most enthusiastic student in her class on her first day on Monday, 16 April, Briefly.co.za learned. Speaking to AFP, she said:

I feel ready to give it my all. Today is a marvellous day.
Palacios, 96, has joined high school. Source: AFP

Palacios, 96, has joined high school. Source: AFP

Her fellow students welcomed her with applause and gave her the nickname "Dona Lupita."

According to AFP, Palacios grew up in poverty in a remote village and never went to school. Instead, she helped out on her family's farm and later sold chicken as an adult.

She got married twice and has six children.

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Palacios says she hopes to complete high school before she's 100. Source: AFP

Palacios says she hopes to complete high school before she's 100. Source: AFP

Although Palacios learned arithmetic, she never learned how to read and write. She finally joined a literacy programme at the age of 92. At the time, she joked:

Now I can write letters to my boyfriends.

Palacios then joined a primary school programme for adults in 2015. Since there was no high school programme for adults, she joined a regular high school.

Her classmates are 80 years younger than her. The determined student hopes to complete her high school by the time she turns 100. Additionally, she wants to be a kindergarten teacher.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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