THE EUROPEAN ABC "Awareness of Borders to Cross"

April 22, 2018

Welcome to our website Erasmus+ „The European ABC – Awareness of Borders to Cross“

We are students and teachers from high schools in Parabiago/Italy, Bendinat/Spain, Torun/Poland and Syke/Germany. We have done some great international projects in the past, and now we are at the outset of a new project. - „The European ABC“ - „Awareness of Borders to Cross“. We will not only meet new friends in Europe but also learn about the lives, hopes and fears of those young people who are seeking refuge in Europe or live as migrants in our countries. We want to look over our horizon, learn about each other, overcome prejudice and respect each other – and absorb the manifold inspirations we will get from each others' beliefs and values. We want to be active European citizens who believe in democracy, freedom and equality.

The kick off  meeting in Parabiago/Italy at the end September 2016, where directors and teachers from each partner country met to plan the project, gave a great start. Now we are looking forward to travelling to Torun/Poland in March 2017.

Visit of “Galata”, the Immigration Museum

On September 16th all the project participants travelled to Genoa to take part in a lesson in the Immigration Museum. Our lesson took place in the MEM part.

MEM – Memory and Migration section is dedicated to Italian emigration by sea and to the recent phenomenon of immigration to Italy.
We saw the path, covering an area of 1200 square metres, with more than 40 multimedia stations tells us how migrations have left – and are still leaving – their mark on the Italian society.

The exhibition starts with a display of the life of Italian farmers, the largest migrant group at the time, during the 19th century and, then, leads visitors through the rebuilding of Genoa and its alleys, which took in – but also exploited – immigrants in the 1800s. A reproduction of the steamer “Città di Torino”, which transported hundreds of thousands of “steerage passengers” throughout its long period of service, is also on display, along with the reconstruction of various settings from the different destinations of Italian migrants: urban settings, like the colourful district of La Boca in Buenos Aires, but also rural settlements (sometimes in the middle of the forest as in Brazil) and, finally, the most famous one: Ellis Island.

After a very interesting lesson, we were able to visit the most important places of beautiful Genoa.

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