On 25th April 2017 we were honoured to be visited by Nobel-prize winner Kailash Satyarthi. Mr Satyarthi shared the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Malala Yousafzai, which was awarded “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
A former teacher from the Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh in India, Kailash Satyarthi founded Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) in 1980, which has freed thousands of children from “slave-like” conditions. He has also been active with a number of other organisations, combating child labour and promoting children’s rights to education, and contributing to the development of international conventions on the rights of children.
Mr Satyarthi joined us in conversation with around 25 staff and students, and he spoke about his new campaign called ‘100 million for 100 million’, which aims to ensure all children are safe and educated within the next five years. Dr Gita Piramal introduced Mr Satyarthi, and there was significant questions and discussions afterwards with the small audience.