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129 child labourers rescued from zari units in New Delhi

14/12/2005: In a massive raid and rescue operation by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), 129 child labourers working in zari (embroidery) unit were rescued from Kotla Mubarakpur, New Delhi. Boys, aged between 8-14 years were found working in small dingy rooms, with no light or ventilation. These small rooms were homes as well as workplaces for children trafficked from the states of West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand. Zari making and work has been classified as hazardous form of child labour in the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986 in India. 

UK pledges $15 billion to education

The UK government has pledged $15 billion in aid to education spanning 10 years until 2015. This was announced by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown during his visit to Mozambican schools where he also met President Armando Guebuza, Nelson Mandela, former president of the neighbouring South Africa, and his wife Graca Machel. 

Ankita, a childhood saved

11 years old child domestic labourer Ankita is a resident of lipti village, P.O Kilkila, P.S Kapu, District, Raigarh, and Chattisgarh. More than a year back a dalal (chacha) brought her from her village along with other children after convincing them that a good future awaited her and that she will get a good salary. The dalal took her to an agency in Sarai kale khan (Delhi) which supplied maids. From here she came to work in Mr. Raju Gusia’s house, an engineer with M.C.D government of India.Ankita has been working here for the past one year.

Satyarthi addresses 6th World Nobel Peace Prize Summit in Rome

Kailash Satyarthi addressed the 6th Gorbechov Nobel Peace Prize Summit in Rome on 25 November 2005. The main theme of the summit this year was "Africa Emergency".
Text of Speech from Kailash Satyarthi
Chairperson, Bachpan Bachao Andolan 
6th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, November 25, 2005
Session III: Africa Emergency: Equal Rights for a Non Violent World 
Honourable … and Dear… 

History Made at Delhi World Congress!

Ice Breaking Session (Pre Congress Warm Up), Sunday, 4th Sep 05
The bright sunny morning of 4th September welcomed the children, mainly former child slaves and child activists from 30 countries. It was a very special morning as children were gearing up to spread the message against child labour and in favour of education for all. Read More>>
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Inaugural Session, Sunday, 4th Sep 05 

Prime Minister of India assures BBA leaders fast action on Compulsory Education

A delegation of Bachpan Bachao Andolan(BBA) initiated National Coalition for Education(NCE) had met the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh at his office in Parliament House on 30th August 2005. The delegation was led by senior Parliament member & NCE Chair Mr. Ravi Prakash Verma and the President of Global Campaign for Education & BBA Mr. Kailash Satyarthi.

Media Launch of the Second Children

18 August 2005, New Delhi - The Second Children’s World Congress on Child Labour and Education was officially launched around the world on 18 August. One year after the first Children’s World Congress on Child Labour in Florence, Italy, Global March Against Child Labour is organising the Second Children’s World Congress on Child Labour and Education in New Delhi from 4-8 September 2005. This congress is hosted by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA).