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Lifestory Om Prakash

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.

 





2006 Winner Om Prakash Gurjar


Name             Om Prakash Gurjar
Nationality     Indian
Year of birth  1992
Residence     Jaipur
Winner in       2006
Subject          Child labour

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