2015 European Charlemagne Youth Prize awarded to @RealTime WW1
@RealTime WW1, a Twitter project from Luxembourg, was awarded first prize at the 2015 European Charlemagne Youth Prize ceremony in Aachen University on 12 May. Second prize went to the Fronterras-European (border) line project (France) and third prize jointly to Social Soccer Club (Austria), Entrepreneurship, the Solution against Unemployment (Cyprus) and Infoactualidad (Spain). The annual prize goes to projects that foster a shared sense of European identity and integration among young people.
The first prize was awarded by EP President Martin Schulz, the second by former EP President Hans-Gert Pöttering and the third prizes by Mayor of Aachen Marcel Philip, EP Quaestor Elisabeth Morin Chartier and Jürgen Linden, Chairman of the Charlemagne Prize Board of Directors.
1st prize: Luxembourg - @RealTime WW1
@RealTime WW1 is a project by students on the Master's course for European Contemporary History at the University of Luxembourg. Since the start of 2014, they have been recounting life during the First World War in just a few lines on the Twitter account ʽ@RealTimeWW1ʼ; as they say "not as a history of winners and losers – but as a time when, regardless of their nationality, many mothers suffered the same anguish over sons lying in military hospitals. A time when men on all fronts wrote similar love letters without knowing whether they would ever see their beloved again. A time when soldiers in trenches sang the same Christmas carols and prayed the same Lordʼs Prayer – just in different languages."
The students break down the grand narrative of the First World War into small personal narratives, making “the war to end all wars” understandable today and using a handful of phrases each day to,open up a new viewpoint on today's political and social priorities – through the eyes of the soldiers, nurses, school pupils, artists, farmers and activists who all equally hoped that the war would soon be over for them. @RealTime WW1 now has over 8,700 readers.
2nd prize: France -Fronterras-European (border) line project
The Fronterras-European (border) line project began with 28 young European citizens, four of whom were living on the external border of the European Union. They created a website which brings together gripping tales of life on Europe’s borders or journeys across them.
According to the team: "The abstract concept of “the border” becomes a reality when seen through the eyes of those who experience it on a daily basis. We want to help people discover Europe through the boundaries which were arbitrarily imposed on it long ago and which have made it the multifaceted continent it is today".
3rd Prize - awarded to the following three projects:
Austria - Social Soccer Club
The Social Soccer Cup (SSC) is an international football tournament for youth and welfare organisations from all over Europe. It is organised by young people from the ClickIn youth centre for young people from other countries. The aim is to bring together youngsters from different European countries, to overcome prejudices and to kick-start other joint projects.
Cyprus - Entrepreneurship, the Solution against Unemployment
Entrepreneurship, the Solution against Unemployment, was a multilateral Youth Exchange project that promoted discussion among the young participants. Main themes were: Unemployment, Emigration, Entrepreneurship and Non-formal education.
Spain - Infoactualidad
Infoactualidad is the online newspaper for Sciences of Information Faculty (Complutense University of Madrid), with 140 journalism students as reporters. Since it opened in 2012, more than 400 undergraduates have benefited from its training. Infoactualidad has a network of Erasmus programme “student correspondents” working all over Europe.
The winning projects will receive funding of €5,000, €3,000 and €2,000 respectively. Their representatives will also be invited to visit the European Parliament in Brussels in the coming months.
Representatives of the 28 projects which took part were invited to the award ceremony on 12 May in Aachen and were awarded a diploma and a medal.
The award ceremony was organised jointly by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize Foundation. It was hosted by Aachen University.
Welcome speeches were given by EP President Martin Schulz, International Charlemagne Prize Foundation Vice Chairman Bettina Leysen and Rector of Aachen University Ernst Schmachtenberg.
Audiovisual material from the ceremony is available on request and will be made available on the website below.
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