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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What makes me similar to others in my class?
What makes me different from others in my class?
The things that make me different from some classmates, to whom do they make me similar?


What makes me similar to my classmates is that I am a student, and I study like the others, although I come from a foreign country, but I try hard. We all write things on our desks, but then we erase them, also we all find excuses to get out of the classroom, we get ready for the big escape before the bell even rings and we are happy when it’s a classmate’s birthday and we split our desk in half when we have a fight with the person sitting next to us.

What makes me different from my classmates is that I come from a foreign country, while the other children are from Greece. Not only because I come from a foreign country, but also because I have problems as a student, I make expression errors, while the other children don’t make expression errors like me. Also, what makes me different is our colour and religion.

What makes me similar to Alexandra, and the girls in general, is that we are talk to each other, while boys are always playing.