Bridging languages and memories to foster multiple identities: "Never leave your backpack behind!"

About the project

BACKPACK ID is an innovative intervention for promoting the inclusion of refugee children at school in 4 European countries (Greece and Italy, Germany and Sweden), which are met with acute and very diverse challenges by the ongoing refugee crisis. Informed by these differences, the present approach on social inclusion advances a common account of social inclusion challenges; it sees the social inclusion of refugee children as a function of addressing the needs and perspectives of those children and their families, and local communities and stakeholders, while affirming common European values.

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Backpack ID using a bottom-up participatory method produced the following outputs in order to address social inclusion interpersonal and intergroup understanding in the school environment.

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Who we are

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Evelina – Excited And Frightened

This year, my family and I moved from Athens to Berlin. Before we left however, I was frightened, sad and happy. I had to think of a sentence from a movie “we are so excited and frightened”. We often used this sentence in our family.

For this journey I wanted to take everything from my bedroom, but that was impossible. Therefore, I took two boxes with my most useful things, my tablet, some clothing, my headphones and many other items.

The first day at my new school was awesome.

I went to school and felt … excited and frightened! I made new friends quickly and the lessons were very interesting. My fear started to disappear … and now I want to learn German.

Sometimes I think about the things I miss about Athens. I miss my grandmothers, my grandfather and my cousins. But we often talk on the phone. I have many friends in Berlin now. I want to learn the language quickly to be able to participate in the lessons. By now I am only excited and not frightened anymore at all.

Evelina – Excited And Frightened