In India, today has around 10 million child laborers; most of them are revealed to violence and degradation. Then there are the many children refused access to education, sanitation, healthcare, and food. These children are stolen off their chance to experience a worry less childhood, in which is to play, learn and dream the incredible.
But all is not missed, as people are coming forth to do what they can for the children of this nation. Here we discussed one of the most inspiring organizations which dedicated to restoring childhood for many children robbed of it.
Originally named Kailash Sharma, Satyarthi was born on 11 January 1954 in the Vidisha district of central Indian state Madhya Pradesh.
He attended Government Boys Higher Secondary School and completed his degree in electrical engineering at Samrat Ashok Technological Institute, Vidisha and a post-graduate degree in high-voltage engineering. He then joined a college in Bhopal as a lecturer for a few years.
After that, Kailash decided to work more directly for social change. Therefore, he left his engineering career and initiated a movement against those inequalities, and child rights were his main area of work.
Incredible social work
“Bachpan Bachao Andolan” founded in 1980, by Kailash Satyarthi. It is one of the worldwide acclaimed anti-child labor organization. When Satyarthi started his mission with a small group of like-minded individuals, the issue of child labor was unacknowledged by Indian law, in public discourse, and by the media. He has also been involved with the Global March Against Child Labor program.
Also, he established GoodWeave International (formerly known as Rugmark) as the first voluntary labeling, monitoring, and certification system.
Mr. Satyarthi said, “The single aim of my life is that every child is free to be a child.”
Nobel Peace Prize
Satyarthi, along with Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 “for their fight against the suppression of children and the right of all children to education”. Satyarthi is the fifth Nobel Prize winner for India and only the second Indian winner of the Nobel Peace Prize after Mother Teresa in 1979.
In his congratulatory message to Kailash Satyarthi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote, “India is proud of his momentous achievement. Shri Kailash Satyarthi has devoted his whole life to a cause that is extremely relevant to entire humankind. I salute his determined efforts.” His mission is to create a child-friendly world.