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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Hi, my name’s Martina and I was born on the 17th of January 2005 in Borgotaro, near Parma. I have a brother, Andrea, a cat and a dog called Zampa and Pepe, very nice and funny (the cat a bit less)..

I’m a shy girl but if I get to know someone better, I become sociable and generous.

My parents come from two different places in Italy:

My father is from Francavilla Fontana, in Puglia, South of Italy;

My mother is from Solignano, in the hills near Parma, in the region Emilia Romagna, North of Italy.

I’ve always lived in Riccò, a small village in the municipality of Fornovo di Taro, near Parma. The road where I live is very quiet and everybody knows each other: we organise barbecues and dinners and many of us became friends.

In this way I’ve met my best friend, with who I share most of my memories from childhood.

Now I attend the lower secondary school in Collecchio and I had to leave many of my old friends, but I met many nice people as well!

My comfort corner is undoubtedly my soft bed, with my favourite sheets decorated with the UK flag.

I feel I’ve changed during these years but my friends haven’t changed though.

I love listening to music, it is an escape for me. I have a different favourite song more and less every month. My favourite type of music is POP, differently from all my mates and friends who love TRAP/HIP HOP. In April my favourite song has been ‘Next to me’ by the Imagine Dragons, a really beautiful and meaningful song.