Have you ever wondered what remarkable kids are out there making a difference? Too often adults discount kids as silly, immature, irresponsible, and not capable of taking on large tasks. The tragedy is that many kids believe that lie, too. Luckily, history has shown all it takes is for one child to stand up for what they believe in, and amazing things can happen. From children fighting the problem of hunger to freeing kids from slavery, so many have changed things for the better. Ready to hear about who these kids are? Here are 25 Remarkable Kids Who Changed The World.
Kelvin Doe was a poor 15-year-old living in Sierra Leone who taught himself engineering. He figured out how to build generators using scrap around his neighborhood. He also built an FM radio transmitter, battery to power lights, and an audio mixer. David Sengeh of MIT was so impressed by him, he invited Kelvin Doe to visit the Visiting Practitioner’s Program on campus. He guest lectured at Harvard and presented a TED Teen talk.
Margaret E. Knight
After witnessing an accident at a textile mill, Margaret E. Knight got to work on her first invention at the age of 12. The device she made would automatically stop a machine if something got caught in it. Later, she invented the machine that would fold and glue paper bag bottoms to be flat, and the world would never be the same.
As a young 10-year-old living in Pakistan, Iqbal Masih was given over to laborers as a slave because his mother couldn’t pay her debt. Working long hours in a sweatshop, Masih eventually tried to escape but corrupt policemen threw him right back in where he started. At the age of 12, he became a prominent leader in the anti-slave movement in Pakistan and would risk his life to help free other children in slavery. 3,000 children escaped because of his rallies. Sadly, after a visit to speak in the United States, he was assassinated when he returned to Pakistan.
Winter Vinecki set and achieved her of goal of running a marathon on every continent before she turned 15. She even set the record for youngest person to do so. She did it in honor of her father who had died of an aggressive form of prostate cancer.
Om Prakash Gurjar
Om Prakash Gurjar was thrown into slavery at the age of 5 in India. When he was finally freed, he was eager to fight against the institution and worked hard to work through the government and law to free other children like him. He also helped children receive a free education when schools in India were still charging for it.