Kailash Satyarthi

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Kailash Satyarthi

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Kailash Satyarthi
The Nobel Peace Prize 2014

Born: 11 January 1954, Vidisha, India

Residence at the time of the award: India

Prize motivation: "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education."

Prize share: 1/2

Life

Kailash Satyarthi was born in the Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh in India. After completing an electrical engineering degree, he worked as a teacher in the area. In 1980, he left teaching and founded the organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan, which has freed thousands of children from slave-like conditions. He has also been active in a wide range of other organizations working against child labor and for children's rights to education. Kailash Satyarthi is married and has a son and a daughter.

Work

Much of the world's population, especially in poor countries, is made up of children and young people. To achieve a peaceful world, it is crucial that the rights of children and young people be respected. Following the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi, Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi has waged a peaceful struggle to stop children being exploited as labor instead of attending school. He has also contributed to the development of international conventions on the rights of children.

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