World Learning Partner Wins Nobel Peace Prize: Kailash Satyarthi worked with Child Labor: Education and Action Project

World Learning is proud to congratulate Indian child labor activist Kailash Satyarthi, who has partnered with SIT Graduate Institute’s Child Labor: Education and Action (CLEA) project, for winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. On Friday, The Nobel Committee announced Satyarthi’s joint award with Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

“This prize underscores  Kailash Satyarthi’s tireless dedication to ending the exploitation of children worldwide,” said Donald Steinberg, President and CEO of World Learning. “His work has helped rescue tens of thousands of children from bonded labor and trafficking and provide them with an education.”

CLEA was founded by SIT Professor John Ungerleider to enable Vermont teens to learn about and take action to address the global issue of oppressive child labor. In 2000, Satyarthi met with and established a permanent connection to CLEA students during a conference on child labor in Washington, D.C. Over the years, CLEA has conducted fund-raising campaigns to support the Global March Against Child Labour, which Satyarthi founded.

"Kailash has been so courageous and remarkable in his work,” Ungerleider said. “Leading the police on raids into illegal factories and literally freeing children from slave labor conditions, then gaining them admission to his school, which continues to educate thousands of Indian children.”

In 2004 Satyarthi contributed a chapter to “Challenging Child Labor: Education and Youth Action to Stop the Exploitation of Children,” a book written by CLEA members and edited by Ungerleider. In it he examines the ways in which child labor perpetuates poverty and why education is essential to ending it. Read his chapter, "Child Labor, Illiteracy, and Poverty Must Be Fought Together." (pdf)

Satyarthi is the fourth recent Nobel Peace Prize winner with a connection to World Learning. Tawakkol Karman, who participated in an International Visitor Leadership Program exchange implemented by World Learning, shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. Environmental activist and World Learning Trustee Wangari Maathai won the prize in 2004. Jody Williams, a graduate of World Learning's SIT Graduate Institute, shared the award in 1997 with the campaign she worked for, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Press Room and homepage photo of Kailash Satyarthi by Leandro Uchoas

Posted by: on October 13, 2014