Friday, October 10, 2014

Who is Kailash Satyarthi?

Before today, I had never heard of the man  who has shared the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with the famous teenager Malala Yousafzai.

From TorontoStar:
7 things to know about Kailash Satyarthi, the other Nobel Peace Prize winner
The children's rights activist from India began his work at an early age and wants to see his goal achieved in his lifetime.

On Friday, 60-year-old children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi of India was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai.
Unlike with Yousafzai, Satyarthi’s work has been not been in the Western media spotlight recently. Here are 7 things to know about him:
1. As a 6-year-old Satyarthi started a soccer club, using the membership fees to pay the school fees for children too poor to afford them. He and a friend collected donations of 2,000 schoolbooks in a single day, a project that eventually became a book bank in his town.
2. Satyarthi is trained as an electrical engineer.
3. He founded Bachpan Bachao Andolan or Save the Child in 1980. In 1994, he founded a group now known as Goodweave, which certifies child-labour-free rugs and provides assistance to rescued and at-risk children.
4. Satyarthi, inspired by Gandhi, was chairman of a global march against child labour that wound through more than 60 countries around the world in 1998. Rescued children were among more than 1,000 people who ended the march in Geneva, at a conference of the International Labor Organization.
A year later, the ILO approved an accord designed to protect children from jobs that expose them to danger or exploitation.
5. He has won multiple international awards including the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in 1995.......

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