Students develop ideas for participation

60 students of the Helmholtz school in Potsdam developed concrete ideas for participation in the context of European asylum politics. The ideas ranged from founding a working group at school to producing a range of t-shirts and starting to lobby local and regional politicians. The process was facilitated by the Schwarzkopf Foundation’s peer trainers.

Afterwards, the students discussed their ideas with representatives of the three initiatives that had been awarded the Schwarzkopf Europe Award the day before:

  • The Inter European Human Aid Association in Germany focuses on the protection of refugees at the EU borders.
  • The initiative Flüchtlinge Willkommen brings flat shares and refugees together. They provide assistance on questions of co-habitation and financial solutions for private rooms for refugees.
  • SOS Méditerranée Germany rescues shipwrecked refugees in the Mediterranean Sea thanks to the deployment of a rescue ship.

There was an active exchange of ideas and tips from the practical implementation of these projects. At the end of the event, the head teacher offered her help in putting some of the ideas into practice.

The dialogue was made possible by the Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend through the federal programme “Demokratie leben!“.

Photos: Stefanie Loos/Schwarzkopf-Stiftung