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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I don’t have a grandmother called Lito, but they were going to name me either Lito or Danae, because my grandmothers’ names didn’t do the trick. One has a terrible name, which doesn’t even have a name-day, and my cousin was going to be named after the other one. So it was going to be one of the two. Danae doesn’t have a name-day, so I got Lito. I like it, because it is rare and beautiful.

I know my great grandfather changed our surname. That was not our surname. I think our real one was Stilas. I don’t know why he changed it. I can’t find out. Nobody knows.