By Lindsay Eichhold ‘18
Kailash Satyarthi was one of the recipients of the 2014 Nobel Peace prize. Kailash has worked for many years to help free the children working in mines and factories throughout India. People throughout India did not support his work to help free child laborers.
He started an organization called Save the Childhood. Save the Childhood’s purpose was to help rescue children that are forced to work and enroll them in school. He spent much of his life campaigning to end child labor and human trafficking. In one of his last jobs to help rescue children he saved 23 children in basement factory that was located in New Delhi.
Satyarthi is the first person who was born in India to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. He hopes that him winning the Nobel Peace Prize will shine a light on the fight to end child labor. His goal is to make people around the world aware of the dangers that the children face when they work in the factories and mines. Satyarthi wants to make sure that laws are set in place to make sure children are getting an education and not being forced into labor.
Kailash shared the Peace Prize with Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl who advocates for equal education for women.
By Sara Ruberg ’18
Malala Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize last week at age seventeen. She is the youngest recipient of the prize!
Malala received this prize for her bravery against the Taliban when she was fifteen. The teenager was shot by the extremists for campaigning for the education of women and all children. She wrote a book expanding on her close to death experience. The book is called I Am Malala.
The young girl spoke openly about her beliefs openly in Pakistan when everyone else, even her elders, were too afraid to speak up. “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful,” Malala Yousafzai once said.
Under the most dangerous situations, she still found the audacity to continue her education and encouraged other girls to do this, also. Her father has helped Malala in her fight against the Taliban.
Malala now lives in Birmingham in the UK and can now study in a safe environment. She actually was called out of her chemistry class to receive the Nobel Peace Prize! Malala Yousafzai stills inspires people all around the globe. One of her most famous quotes are, “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”