Birthday: December 17, 1982
Human Rights Activists
Children's Rights Activists
Age: 37 Years, 37 Year Old Males
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Also Known As: Craig
Born in: Thornhill, Vaughan, Canada
Famous as: Canadian Author
father: Fred Kielburger
mother: Theresa Kielburger
siblings: Marc Kielburger
Founder/Co-Founder: Free the Children
education: York University, University of Toronto, Schulich School of Business, Trinity College, Toronto
awards: Member of the Order of Canada
Four Freedoms Award - Freedom from Fear
Reebok Human Rights Award
Craig Kielburger is a Canadian author, activist, columnist and speaker. He is also a humanitarian and children’s rights activist. He co-founded the organization ‘Free the Children’ as a teenager with his brother and some other friends and has been the face of several initiatives for saving innocent children from the clutches of slavery and labour. The life changing moment arrived to him at the age of 12, when he heard in the news about death of Iqbal Masih, a 12 year old Pakistani boy who was martyred at the age of 12 fighting for his beliefs and for the freedom and rights of child labourers. The incident shook young Craig to his core. He was in seventh grade then and presented a speech in class and many kids came ahead as volunteers forming the group named ‘Kids can free the Children’. One of their very first actions was making efforts for the release of imprisoned child labour activist Kailash Satyarthi, who was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Craig has also founded ‘Me to We’, a social enterprise that donates half of its profit to ‘Free the Children’. In 2004, Craig also co-authored a book titled ‘Me to We’. He writes columns under a section ‘Global Voices’ which gets published in several newspapers.
Childhood & Early Life
Craig Kielburger was born in Ontario, Canada, on 17th December 1982. He did his early schooling from Catholic schools in Thornhill. It was in school that he became interested in social activities. During one of the projects in school, he started the initiative ‘We Can Free the Children’. He pursued his higher studies in Peace and Conflict studies at the University of Toronto from the highly regarded Trinity College.
He later went on to do MBA from the York University and Northwestern University, and emerged as the youngest graduate ever from the duo programme of Schulich School of Business and Kellogg School of Management.
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