Evens Prize for Intercultural Education 2003
In the year 2003 the first prize of 25.000 € went to the Roma Mainstream Internship Program of the Center for Independent Journalism in Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia) and Bucharest (Romania). The program prepares talented young Roma for careers in the media through an intensive ten-month period which includes both classroom and on-the-job training. The long-term objective of the program is to foster the development of more pluralistic media to better represent the society in which they operate. By integrating Roma colleagues in the newsroom, there may be a more widespread awareness of the challenges and problems facing their community.
The second prize of 10.000 € went to the project Vlaggen en Wimpels (With Flying Colours) of the Antwerp (Belgium) located organization De Veerman. With Flying Colours (Vlaggen en Wimpels) is a project of active practice of art and neighborhood oriented activities in primary schools with a high concentration of allochtonous pupils and primary schools in deprived neighborhoods. The objective was and is to work with primary schools that are aware of their problematic and difficult situation, willing to work on it out of a positive dynamic.
The third prize of 5.000 € was awarded to Swedkid, an anti-racist, educational website for youngsters developed by Umea University (Sweden), resulting from the Comenius project Eurokid. Swedkid presents in web form evidence and discussion on a range of experiences concerning racism, ethnicity and identity in today’s Sweden. It includes issues such as the treatment of minorities, the position of recent refugees and immigrants, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and linguistic differences.
The Award Ceremony took place on November 25, 2003 at the European Parliament in Brussels.