Earlier today, Norway’s Minister of Education, Thorbjorn Røe Isaksen, awarded the Benjamin 2013 prize to the Brandengen school of Drammen "for the specific long-term efforts made against racism and discrimination". The slogan of the school, attended by 450 students, 45% of them bilingual, is: "diversity is an opportunity to be learnt at school". Managers, teachers, students and families are involved in the programme, "which imbues daily teaching throughout the academic year", the jury explained. The 100 thousand Norwegian krone’s prize (over 16 thousand euros) is given in memory of Benjamin Hermansen, son of a Ghanaian father and a Norwegian mother, who was stabbed to death in Oslo on 26th January 2001at the age of 15, by a neo-Nazi group. Every year, the prize is given to a young person, an association or a school that stands out for fighting against racism and discrimination. One of the panel members is Marit Hermansen, Benjamin’s mother. The president of the jury, Guri Hjeltnes, is director of the Centre for Studies on the Holocaust and Religious Minorities. "The story of the Benjamin prize is sad and serious. It is the story of something that should not have happened and that we must make never happen again", Minister Røe Isaksen stated. 

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