Shahwan Borto (20), from a Yazidi refugee family living in Cologne today, exemplifies integration, coupled with a well-designed mission in various projects initiated by him.
Shahwan speaks 6 languages, is interested in social sciences and politics and wants to study law. As a committed student spokesman he holds a farewell speech for the outgoing headmaster, who impressed the Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is present, to offer him an internship at his office in the Bundestag.
With "Donate Your Pledge - Youth Moves!", Shahwan achieves that returnable bottles are no longer thrown away in schools, but collected and sold, and the proceeds are used to support social institutions. At the same time, educational lectures on environmental protection will be held.
In his project "Learning through Engagement - Youth for Youth", young people are concerned with the education and integration of 29 young refugees. They offer tuition and German lessons.
As a recreational activity, Shahwan organizes trips to museums, exhibitions or to the German Bundestag, so that the young refugees get an impression of the political events in Germany. In addition, they can make contacts with employers on the monthly "engagement day". Together with his brother, he founds the association "No limits for help - youth shows courage", collects clothing and medicine throughout Germany and sends them to needy Yazidis in Iraq.
In addition, Shahwan's annual "Peace Cup", a charity football tournament with more than 300 youths, is the venue for a political "get-together" that deals with peace, social justice, anti-racism, human rights and refugee policy.