Integration Prize 2012: Projects making an impact into the future
And the winners are the ‘Council of the Faiths’, the city youth sport department’s ‘Frankfurt Boxing Camp’ project and Hüseyin Sitki, organiser of the ‘Turkish Film Festival’
They prove that having very different cultures living together in a city cannot only work well, but can also be enriching: yesterday the ‘Council of the Faiths’, the city youth sport department’s ‘Frankfurt Boxing Camp’ project and Hüseyin Sitki, organiser of the ‘Turkish Film Festival’ were awarded the city’s Integration Prize. Head of Integration Nargess Eskandari-Grünberg handed over the certificates and also praised the contribution of siblings Kenza and Hamad Khan, who with their ‘Family Book for Preungesheim’ are working hard in support of integration, communication and equal rights in the Preungesheim district.
Integration Prize winners 2012. Photo: Eckhard Krumpholz
Nargess Eskandari-Grünberg: “Integration. For us that means living together in harmony with equal rights and solidarity between all democrats – regardless of origin or nationality. This doesn’t happen of its own accord. We all have to do our bit to help it. The Integration Prize is also an occasion for that. It is an occasion to show how things change. This year’s prizes show us two things: what people undertake in order to change something – and how our city is changing. The Integration Prizes that we are awarding this evening will have impact way beyond today.”
The awards, now already in their eleventh year, aim to create a bridge between the city’s multifaceted community and Frankfurt’s history. The great public interest in the awards ceremony in the Kaiser’s Hall shows that the issue of integration is now a permanent part of everyday life. The diversely cultural reality of life in the city is also reflected by the many different organisations that have received the prize in the past and that won it yesterday. This year once again the prize has gone to deserving organisations and individuals, who put in a great deal of work to promote the integration of Frankfurt residents, regardless of their origin, nationality or language.
The total prize money is €15,000, which is split equally between the three winners. More information on the Integration Prize is available on the Department for Multicultural Affairs’ website (www.amka.de) or by calling 069/ 212-31281.