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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When my mum went to high school, she was nice and comfortable, she felt more secure, she had no troubles on her mind, and she didn’t have to do anything other than study. She didn’t have to pay any bills, because she was with her parents. When it was time to leave for the University of Rethymno, she didn’t feel safe because she was leaving Lesvos. When she rented an apartment, she had more on her mind. She had lost her friends and her family. She had to be responsible for her home and the bills. The transition was difficult at first, but as time went by she slowly got used to it, and by the end of the first year, everything was set.