Dedication. Check. Passion. Check. Courage. Check. Kids have everything it takes to make a difference in the world, but in between playing and going to school, there’s no time to get things done! Some kids are an inspiration to others, however – putting themselves above others and striving to make a difference in the world.
Check out these 5 amazing kids who have achieved so much in so little time, and prepare to be inspired and amazed.
Tayla Nel – World Vision Youth Ambassador
Queensland’s Tayla Nel shows the world how poverty can be combated with her dedication. The eighteen-year-old was inspired to tackle poverty and took to the effective World Vision Youth Ambassador campaign. After visiting Malawi, she felt motivated by the people to help alleviate poverty by providing the basics: clean water and shelter. Tayla worked with community elders to help provide a more sustainable environment and a better future. The World Vision Ambassador’s message is that we can all contribute to help those who are suffering in poverty through the NGO’s effective programs.
Malala Yousafzai – Child Activist
Pakistani child activist Malala Yousafzai empowered the world by advocating for the rights of girls to education. The Taliban, at point-blank range, shot the sixteen-year-old in 2012 for empowering women to go to school. International governments and NGOs slammed this action, and the UN has praised young Malala for her tireless campaign and humanitarian work, dedicating Malala Day to her. The young woman has tenaciously vowed to persist in her peaceful fight against the marginalization of women. She has been awarded the National Malala Peace Prize for her courage.
Nkosi Johnson – AIDS Activist
Nkosi Johnson was famous for his courageous aids work in South Africa until he died at the young age of twelve. The South African was born with HIV/Aids, and became the voice of others struggling with the disease. Johnson was passionate about educating and changing society’s perception of AIDS. During the time of his death, Nkosi was the longest-living HIV-positive child, and inspired those affected by AIDS to campaign for equality.
Sheryl Ng for Earth Hour
Earth Hour is a worldwide campaign to promote a sustainable future. Everyone can participate, from Rio di Janeiro to Reykjavik. One of Earth Hour’s youngest campaigners is Singaporean primary-school student, Shseryl Ng. The environmentally aware 7 year old used YouTube to spread the word about joining the cause and turn their lights off for a better world. If she could get 100 people to switch off, then she would give an Earth Hour speech at school to 1000 students. If little Sheryl can get involved, there’s no reason for you not to either!
Aelita Andre – Child Artist
Six year old Australian Aelita Andre has been championed as a child prodigy. The little tyke has taken the art-world by storm, with one of her artworks grossing at $24,000. Young Aelita first picked up a paintbrush at nine months old, with a vibrant and spontaneous aesthetic. At only four years old, Aelita’s extraordinary eye and avant-garde technique grabbed art critics at her solo exhibition in New York City. Her creations received international acclaim with prestigious media reviews, and she has been likened to the Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, showing that a child’s creative edge equates to the minds of more mature artists.