From stone quarry to law school

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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.

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