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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Katias transition

I live in Berlin but my home country is Greece. I was 4 years old when my family and I moved to Berlin. I don’t really remember what it was like, the only thing I do remember is that I didn’t want to move to Berlin. All my friends and relatives were at home. When we moved to Berlin, we found a house and my parents liked it but I didn’t. I was very unhappy. But by now I have gotten used to living here. However, I still hope that we move back to Greece. But I am also lucky, my house is next to a great school. Also, I have two hobbies, I go horse riding and I play the transverse flute. I have made awesome friends, but I do miss my best girlfriend. She lives in Kamena Vourla, that is my village in Greece. It is actually quite large for a village. But everyone knows everyone over there; it was great, when you had finished your homework, you could just go to your neighbours and play! In summer we were outside forever and we had water-bomb fights. It’s fabulous to live in the country. And you have a crystal clear blue beach right next to your house, it’s a wonderful dream. Germany is different. My biggest dream still is to move back to Greece.