From stone quarry to law school
Amar Lal’s life is a testimony of transition. Hailing from a Banjara community, Amar, his parents and six siblings were debt labourers bonded to a stone quarry contractor in Rajasthan.
At the tender age of six, Amar joined his father working long hours for little pay. His daily task was to manually break stones with tools that weighed as much as him.
Amar was rescued by BBA activists and immediately excelled when given the chance at an education. In 2005 he participated in the World Congress for Education, and in 2007 he represented the voice of child labourers in Unesco’s High Level Group meeting in Senegal. There, in front of world policymakers on education, he highlighted the importance of schooling for child labourers.
He told the delegates, “Keep your promise to the world’s children by allocating a bigger budget for education in poor countries and abolish child labour”.
As well as his continued fight for the rights of marginalised communities, he recently qualified for law school.