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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My grandfather was born in 1952 and his life so far has been full of difficulties.
In 1975, when he was only 23 years old, he travelled to Libya, to work. There he started working with excavators, cranes, trucks, etc., doing many projects. He has valid driver’s licence for many types of vehicles. He has worked at the coast, using huge cranes to build ports. He also travelled to * many deserts, facing unbearable heat.

In 1978, he returned to Greece and had his first child, my father John, married my grandmother Antonia, and then went back to Libya. After a few years, he returned to Greece again and he had three more children: Vassilis, Afrodite and Penny.

Since then, he has been living in Panormo, with his wife, and he has his own business.