News Overview 2014

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi: Partner to the Robert Bosch Stiftung

  • Foundation supporting joint projects in India
  • Mr. Satyarthi to attend "Era of Citizens" conference in Berlin

The Robert Bosch Stiftung congratulates the Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi on winning the Nobel Peace Prize. The Foundation has supported his dedication to the fight against child labor with donations and projects, and will welcome him next week to the international "Era of Citizens" conference in Berlin on October 16th. Here, Mr. Satyarthi will speak about current trends and developments in civil society. The topic of his discussion round is entitled "It's People Who Really Matter. Civil Society Changes the World."

Back in April, the Foundation visited Mr. Satyarthi in India together with German and American politicians. While there, the politicians took a tour of a rehabilitation center for children whose purpose is to reintegrate children back into their families and society after being freed from child labor. Satyarthi is chairman of the Global March Against Child Labour foundation, which since 1998 has worked toward saving children from child labor and establishing suitable structures to offer those affected a new outlook. In addition to rehabilitation centers, initiatives which teach children and young people their rights and train them in democratic processes also serve to achieve this goal.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is working with Nobel Prize laureate Satyarthi on further projects in India. The goals of these projects are: no child labor, school-age children go to school, and organized special interest groups exist in the villages such as children's parliaments, youth groups, and women's groups, which are recognized by the village council and the council of elders.

Picture Gallery

Visit to Satyarthi (center) in India: German and American politicians learn more about the work carried out at the rehabilitation centers for children who were freed from subjugation.
Children and teenagers at one of the rehabilitation centers.
Select child representatives in a "child-friendly village" in India.
Kailash Satyarthi is internationally acclaimed child rights’ activist and pioneer in the fight against child slavery. An electrical engineer by education, Kailash chose to initiate the movement to end child labour and exploitation in India and globally. Kailash Satyarthi is the architect and leader of two of the largest civil society movements i.e. the Global March Against Child Labour and Global Campaign for Education. In his country India, Kailash founded the grassroots movement Bachpan Bachao Andolan that has rescued over 83,000 children from slavery. He sits on several high level panels of the UN. His latest initiative is End Child Slavery Week that endeavours to incorporate abolition of child slavery in the post-2015 Development Agenda of the UN.