In 2006, Om Prakash Gurjar from India won the International Children’s Peace Prize. He received the prize, at the age of 14, from Nobel Peace Laureate F.W. De Klerk, former president of South Africa. He was awarded the prize for his unceasing work to combat child labor and liberate child slaves in India. Om Prakash was liberated from slavery after having worked from his 5th until his 8th year under grueling circumstances. After his liberation Om Prakash started advocating and fighting for children’s rights to freedom and education. So far, he has helped 500 children to get a birth certificate, which in India entitles a child to free education.
After Om Prakash finished high school he started a small IT shop. However, soon he realized he would rather continue his education and he is presently studying Computer Application at the Poornima University in Jaipur, where he lives on campus and does very well.
Name Om Prakash Gurjar
Year of birth 1992
Winner in 2006
Subject Child labour