While most of us are adults when we are able to impact a tiny bit of change, on Children’s Day, we celebrate those who changed the world when they were children.
1. Anne Frank
The brave girl who wrote about how it was to live during the ‘Holocaust’ (where under Adolf Hitler’s regime over 6 million Jews were killed brutally) – spent two years in hiding. Her father, Otto Frank had publisher her diary in 1947. She is one of the millions of children who lost their lives to the mass genocide. Her writings, gave an insight into her mind and spread a lot of awareness during that period. She was discovered in Amsterdam, and died of typhus at a concentration camp in 1945.
2. Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai was appointed as the WHO goodwill ambassador recently. She also was awarded with the Noble Peace Prize. Her story will give you jitters. As a result of her advocating for the education of women, she was made the target of Taliban and shot in Pakistan. The bullet went through her head, neck and ended up in her shoulder but she miraculously survived. She was only 15 back then. Today she continues her activism at an international level.
3. Nkosi Johnson
Nkosi Johnson who was born in South Africa and was HIV positive from birth. He was only 12 when he passed away in 2001 but yet was the longest surviving HIV-postive born child in the world. Even at such a young age, Johnson made a huge impact on the people and helped changed their mindsets about AIDS. He even made a speech at the 13th International AIDS conference. He had said, “Care for us and accept us — we are all human beings. We are normal. We have hands. We have feet. We can walk, we can talk, we have needs just like everyone else — don’t be afraid of us — we are all the same!”
4. Louis Braille
Louis Braille is the reason why the blind can read today. He lost his vision at an accident that happened at his father’s workshop. But at a very tender age, he had mastered his disability. He was extremely intelligent. In school, he was taught by a method called ‘Haüy system’ which he was not satisfied with. At the age of 12, he learnt of a method that was used in French army for communication. At the age of 15, he had invented Braille that is used till date. He passed away in 1852.
5. Kehkashan Basu
Kehkasan Basu, who won the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2016 was 15 when she founded an organisation in UAE. Her organisation ‘Green Hope’ managed to plant over 5000 trees Colombia, France, Mexico, Nepal, Oman and the United States. Her organisation focuses on various other environment-conserving activities and now has 1000 volunteers from 10 different countries in the world.
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