A 102-year-old grandmother has become the world's oldest primary pupil after going back to school in China.
Ma Xiuxian, from Jinan, Shandong province, started work in a cottom mill at the age of 13, reports the Qilu Evening Post.
But she always longed for the chance of a proper education and has now gone back to school to fulfill her ambition.
"I feel very happy that I can finally realize my dream of going to school at this age," said Ma.
She was supported by her youngest son, Yi Fengxin, 58, as she walked into her grade one class at Weishan Road Elementary School for the first time.
After her first lesson, she was asked to say a few words and said: "Thank you teacher! Thank you my classmates! I'll study hard and do my contribution to the country."
She uses hearing aids to make sure she can hear the teacher and uses a magnifying class to help her read her text books.
Ma was married at 18 when she became a housewife, raising nine children, seven of whom went on to become university graduates.
The school offered her a place after reading about her long held ambition when she was interviewed by a local newspaper.
Yi explained: "My mother even sold her jewelery to help put us through school and her biggest dream was to go to school one day herself."