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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  1. I am a lot like my friends. We listen to the same music and we play almost the same video games.
  2. But I am a little different from them, because I also like Cretan music. I go to dance classes twice a week and I am very good at dancing. The rest of my friends don’t really like Cretan dances. They prefer rap music.
  3. I like watching and dancing traditional dances, so do other children my age, but not my friends. One day I saw some foreigners on TV, probably from Russia, dancing their own dances and I really loved it. It looked a bit like our own dance steps. I really enjoyed watching it.