It’s not every day that I get to see an internationally acclaimed figure sitting on a gym floor smiling and laughing with children, but that’s exactly what happened when Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi visited the Maxwell Spanish Immersion Elementary (Fayette County).
Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace Prize – along with Malala Yousafzai – in 2014. Satyarthi won the award for his advocacy of children’s rights.
From the moment he walked through the door, greeted by children in traditional clothing from around the world, Satyarthi was all smiles, high-fiving and shaking the hands of students.
In the gymnasium, Satyarthi spoke to the entire school assembly, danced and sang with students, and took their questions on various topics. His message was simple: think of every child in the world as your friend, and change the world with love and kindness.
“How many of you want to be a world changer,” asked Satyarthi.
The assembly raised their hands.
“Then do it. And be sure to smile.”
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