Kailash Satyarthi, the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, visited Vesalius College and shared his experience as a human rights activist.
Mr. Satyarthi spoke about his path to becoming an activist, and how he gave up his career as a professor to focus on activism. He went on to explain how unexpected it was to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Mr. Satyarthi invited all students and the community to follow and get involved in the 100 Million Campaign. The campaign calls for a world where all young people are free, safe, and educated.
Following the lecture, attendees had the opportunity to pose questions to the Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
The lecture, entitled the Road from Local Activism to the Nobel Peace Prize, brought together more than one hundred students and the media. For all in attendance, the lecture was a source of motivation and inspiration.
Kailash Satyarthi is a human rights activist from India. He is the founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), an organisation dedicated to the eradication of child labour and the rehabilitation of the rescued former child workers.
Mr. Satyarthi has been working as a children’s rights activist for many years and has liberated over 80,000 child labourers since 1980. As a worldwide campaigner, he has been the architect of the single largest civil society network for exploited children, the Global March Against Child Labor, which is a worldwide coalition of NGOs, Teachers’ and Trade Unions.
He has been honored with several awards for his relentless humanitarian work, including the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 which he shares with Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzay.
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