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Federal Minister of the Interior honours youth as part of German Islam Conference

Group photo of the prize-giving, including the jury members present at the ceremony Group photo of the prize-giving, including the jury members present at the ceremony Source: Dirk Enters

Today in Berlin, the Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich, awarded six prizes for the best submissions in the youth competition "Success Stories" organised by the German Islam Conference. Three submissions in the "Text - Pupils" category and one in the "Text - Students" category were awarded prizes. One team in the "Video - Pupils" category and one individual in the "Video - Students" category were also honoured.

Muslim and non-Muslim youth between the ages of 14 and 26 were eligible to enter the competition with reports submitted in text, photographic or video formats. The entries were required to portray successful Muslims living in Germany. Far too often Islam is debated in sweeping statements. The aim of the competition was to give Muslim role models greater standing and consideration in public life.

Therefore it was not only well-known people who were featured but also those who are relatively unknown. Those portrayed were selected because they have attracted the admiration of people in their circle of acquaintance, at school or in their neighbourhoods," said Dr Hans-Peter Friedrich at the award ceremony. "They are an example to others because of their involvement in their communities"

The winning entries were chosen by an independent jury of experts made up of journalists and active or advisory members of the DIK (German Islam Conference). Each prizewinner receives 1,000 euros and the offer of a work experience placement in journalism.

DIK Editorial board, 27.11.2012

Date 27.11.2012

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