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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The move
My name is Anna and I am 12 years old. I was born in Erfurt and up until I was seven years old, I lived in Nordhausen, a small city. When my mother gave birth to my little brother, we moved to Berlin. This is where I have been living for the past five years.

I have many hobbies. Three of my favourite ones are singing, dancing and playing the piano. My favourite colour is red. I prefer Greek cuisine but other countries’ tastes good also.

My family
There are five people in my family: my father, my mother, me, my sister and my brother. We love it when we all go on excursions together, that is really excellent! My parents came to Germany to study. They were born in Greece.

My backpack
In my suitcase, I would take my icons and books, DVDs (of Little House on the Prairie). At the same time, I would take my family.