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 surname is Nika. I don’t know much about my surname. We just wanted to change it to a Greek name. We took our dad’s surname, who changed it to a Greek one, because we come from Albania originally. We just changed it to Nika. The old one, if I remember correctly… Actually my mum had a Greek name too, but she chose dad’s. I think it was Papa. And our Albanian surname, my mum’s was Jekelliri, I think, something like that. I don’t know my dad’s surname, but I will ask him.

My mum is called Ntorela and my dad Andreas. I am called Anna and Vassiliki. I don’t know how I got these names. I was not named after a grandmother. I think that my godfather chose one and my cousin liked the other.