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 transition that remains strong in my memory was when I left Albania and came to Greece. This was 8 years ago, so when I was 7 years old. When I left I was a little sad, because I was going somewhere where my friends and relatives wouldn’t be with me. When I went there (to Greece), I thought that I would only stay for a little while and then I would go back, so I didn’t think much about my new life. When I went, it was very difficult for me, because I didn’t have friends, I didn’t know anyone, just my uncle, and I didn’t speak the language. Slowly, things started to improve... with the help of my school, I learned to speak Greek and I found many friends, and my friends even help me when I need something.

Erland’s father

I left Albania 20 years ago. I left because there was a war at the time. At first I was afraid, because I didn’t know what to expect, but I was sure that my life would be better. And my life did become better, but all my relatives were in Albania. When I left, I didn’t take anything special with me, only clothes and of course money. What I miss most is my friends and relatives.