Hyderabad: We live in a world where 60 million children have never been to school and 200 million children have not completed their schooling. And newer forms of technology have not been able to provide much help to improve this situation. That is where Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi urges the young population to innovate and bring in solutions.
Speaking at the Road to GES conference in Hyderabad, Satyarthi said, “On the one hand we have technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence bringing in sustainable change. While on the other we have the problems of child labour, slavery, hunger, malnutrition and school dropouts. I would urge the young population to find technology and business solutions for our social problems.”
He pointed out five areas wherein entrepreneurs and IT have to make strong interventions. And these include education, child labour, health, crime, and citizenship. “India needs one million teachers in primary school. We need to come up digital solutions that help in democratisation of knowledge. In terms of child labour, while 218 children are in economic activity about 210 youth are jobless in the world. So can we come up solutions wherein these youth can replace these children in economic activity,” he said.
Satyarthi also called for innovations in tracing of missing children and also help in averting crime against children. About 53 per cent of India’s children face sexual abuse before they attain of 18. “I would like young entrepreneurs to create a platform through the use of technology to create global citizens,” he said.