WASHINGTON, December 8, 2015 – Nobel Peace laureate and longtime children’s rights activist, Kailash Satyarthi, will deliver the closing plenary address at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators 2016 Annual Conference and Expo. Satyarthi is currently the global chair of the Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation. He was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 in recognition of his ongoing advocacy to eliminate child labor and expand access to education for all children.

“One of the main goals of international education, to create a more peaceful world through educational diplomacy, can never be achieved without first ensuring that the worlds' young people are given an opportunity to learn,” said Marlene M. Johnson, NAFSA Executive Director & CEO. “By working to remove Indian children from sweatshops and slavery and giving them an access to education, Satyarthi has set them, and us, on a path toward a better world.”

Satyarthi has been described as India’s modern day Mahatma Gandhi for his peaceful struggle to stop the exploitation of children. The Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation was established to take the thirty-five years of Mr. Satyarthi’s work in the field from rescuing and rehabilitating children to prioritizing children in national and international policy to building public and corporate awareness and scaling it from the grassroots to a global level.

A former electrical engineer and college lecturer, Satyarthi started campaigning against child labor abuses in India in the 1980s. Since then, through the efforts of his grassroots organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement), he has helped free over 80,000 children in India from forced labor, trafficking and slavery. His activism was key in the adoption of Convention No. 182 by the International Labour Organization in 1999, which continues to serve as a guideline for governments on the issue of child labor. In 2015, Satyarthi became the first Indian to receive the “Humanitarian of The Year” award by the Harvard Foundation. Kailash Satyarthi will address the NAFSA conference on June 3, 2016 in Denver. Learn more about the complete schedule of plenary speakers at www.nafsa.org/ac16plenaries.

About the NAFSA Conference
NAFSA’s 68th Annual Conference and Expo is the world’s largest gathering of professionals in international education with an expected 10,000 attendees from more than 100 countries. The conference offers a wide array of learning and networking opportunities for international educators, and features more than 200 sessions and workshops focusing on the most crucial topics in international education and exchange and global learning.

A major highlight of the conference is the International Education Expo Hall, which features more than 400 exhibitors representing hundreds of organizations from around the world, including colleges and universities; study abroad and intensive-English programs; embassies and government agencies; and more. The conference theme for 2016 is “Building Capacity for Global Learning.” It will be held in Denver, May 31 - June 3, 2016.

Learn more at www.nafsa.org/denver.

With more than 10,000 members, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education. Visit us at www.nafsa.org. To learn more about our advocacy efforts on behalf of international education, visit www.ConnectingOurWorld.org.

Sample Tweet: Nobel Peace Prize winner @k_satyarthi to speak at #NAFSA16, world’s largest #IntlEd conference www.nafsa.org/denver