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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Amelia, my home country

Hi, my name is Amelia and I am 12 years old. I was born in Poland and the transition to Germany was very difficult for me. I was crying for roughly two weeks; it was difficult for my family also. The hardest hit was my best friend, she reckoned that her life without me did not make any sense anymore. I wanted to start crying then but I didn’t, otherwise she would have been even more sad. The first week in Germany was very difficult and sad and after one year it was worse. I had to go to school and when I looked into the classroom, I quickly ran back to my mother and started crying, because there were only Arabic children and there are none in my country. In 4th grade I made friends. But it’s not like I no longer meet or have forgotten my friends in Poland. I still meet them. Now I am in grade 6 and I feel comfortable here. But I do miss my family and my friends.