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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Another thing that belongs to my everyday life is my grandmother. Every day I go to her picture and tell her how much I love her, because I didn’t do it when I should have. I would always disagree with her and we had fights, before she died, and when she was in the hospital she told my mum that she loved me very much and that she knew that I loved her too, even if I didn’t say so.

Since that time, every day I tell her how much I love her and I wish I could turn back time and to tell her. But this can’t happen. Her death was a very significant loss for me. And I was very sad, because I realised we have to say I love you to those we love, before it's too late, because time does not turn back.