Lazim Destani held discussions with Indian children’s rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Kailash Satyarthi, at the Wirtschaftsclub in Dusseldorf.
Mr Satyarthi was visiting the Wirtschaftsclub for an event organized by the Ursula Rahman Foundation, a non-profit organization contributing to the education of impoverished children.
Mr Destani initiated the informal meeting in order to hear more about Mr Satyarthi’s inspirational work over the years, including freeing thousands of children in India from child labour, slavery and trafficking.
Mr Destani was also able to share details on some of the economic, societal and educational challenges facing children and young people in the Southeast Europe region.
Kailash Satyarthi was born in India. After a period teaching as a young man he went on to found a number of charitable organizations, freeing thousands of children from slave-like conditions. Mr Satyarthi has also worked in a wide range of organizations working against child labour and for children’s rights to education. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Destani said:
“I was honoured that Mr Satyarthi was able to take the time to meet and discuss the continuing challenge of improving children’s rights and access to education worldwide.
“I found it particularly inspiring to hear Mr Satyarthi’s reflections on how the future of a peaceful world depends on the rights of children and young people – I will use that inspiration to continue working for improved economic and educational development in the SEE region.”
Mr Satyarthi added:
“Mr Destani and I had an excellent discussion. His own part of the world is also very challenging, in particular for children. I would like to invite Mr Destani to the workplace of Mother Theresa, given his emotional connection to her birthplace. I know some friends and partners in the region and I will see how I can get them connected to Mr Destani.”