'You don't need to conform to a religion or speak a particular tongue to be educated; interest and curiosity to learn is enough to acquire knowledge,' he says.
A total of 10 kids have been nominated from India. International Children's Peace Prize 2017: Know The 10 nominees from India.
Harsh rules and discrimination forced Sakthi to quit his schooling. In order to support his family, he took to begging and selling beads. This was when Hand in Hand NGO recognised him. The NGO primarily works on bringing back the school dropouts. He acclimatized to the new life and adapted cleanliness.
Sakthi is the youngest of 169 children nominated for the award. Out of the total number of children 13 hail from Guatemala and majority are involved in Child Participation followed by Education and Health.
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