Since 2004, the Türkiyemspor Berlin e.V. club also has a department for girls and women. While soccer takes center stage, the individuals who run the club intent to reach out further. The club sees sports as an opportunity to launch discussions about the everyday issues facing girls and women and also promotes greater societal involvement. Aylin Yavaş met the co-heads, Giovanna Krüger and Murat Doğan, and spoke with them about the motley and colorful women’s soccer offered at Türkiyemspor Berlin.
‘I’ve been working at this school for 25 years and now, suddenly, I have to talk about God all the time!’ This is what a Berlin-based teacher reports with astonishment about the growing interest of her students in religious issues during her civic education lessons. Up until a few years ago it was hardly a topic in her school in Berlin’s Neukölln district; now her predominantly Muslim students bring religious points of view into the classroom time and again.
Jihadists reach students because they address their problems. Talking about Islam can prevent radicalization, according to ufuq.de’s Jochen Müller. He explains the methods and ideas of the association and why he believes that workshops in schools might help to prevent radicalisation.
Kazim Erdogan is the chairman of the ‘Neukölln Awakening’ association in Berlin. Since the start of the year, it has offered gambling addicts counseling in various languages. Erdogan estimates that people with an immigration background make up 65% of those addicted to gambling, this group having few targeted counseling services at its disposal.