A Belgian app for refugees, a Lithuanian Mobile Climate Museum, and a Dutch platform for young European affairs journalists are the winners of the 2023 Charlemagne youth prize.
The Prize was awarded at a ceremony in Aachen on Friday 12 May at noon.
First prize - AILEM from Belgium
The first prize of €7,500 went to “AILEM” from Belgium - the first ever language app tailored for refugees and asylum seekers and developed in consultation with them. It uses language to break down intercultural misunderstandings and knowledge gaps between refugees and their host country and includes useful phrases, language learning stories and games, as well as ways to connect to other users.
Second prize — Mobile Climate Museum" (Lithuania) / The European Correspondent (Netherlands)
The “Mobile Climate Museum” (Mobili Klimato muziejaus paroda) was set up in May 2022 with the aim of encouraging people to adopt a climate-friendly lifestyle. It consists of four mobile marine containers with exhibitions on climate change, the EU green deal, sustainable farming and practical healthy eating tips to help reduce consumption
"The European Correspondent" was founded in 2022 and brings together over 140 young journalists from across Europe to produce Europe-focused journalism. The journalists investigate how big issues play out in different European countries and publish a daily newsletter covering a different region each day, and concentrating on the most relevant European news.
The European Charlemagne Youth Prize, jointly awarded by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize Foundation, is open to initiatives by young people aged 16-30 that strengthen democracy and support active participation. Since 2008, 5,000 projects have competed for the prize.
Each year national and European juries select a project from every EU country. 26 national winners were invited to the awards ceremony in Aachen on 12 May, where the three EU winners were announced.