THE EUROPEAN ABC "Awareness of Borders to Cross"

March 20, 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.

Meeting in Italy

Meeting in Parabiago 13th September – 20th September 2017

From 13th September to 20th September 2017 the school in Parabiago will host the partners participating in the project “The European ABC”

Here you can see our work during the meeting  🙂

On September 13th 2017 the second meeting of the participants of the project “The European ABC” began . Among the project participants there are also refugees from Syria and Libya who are studying at BBS Syke in Germany. The second phase of the project – “Get Involved” focused on the topic “What is happening in Lampedusa?”

Bergamo September 13th, 2017 –  the Spanish group and the Italian one were waiting for the Polish participants. Being a several hours ahead of the arrival of the Polish group, the partners visited Bergamo. After the warm welcome of the last group, all the participants travelled to Parabiago.











On September 14th 2017  our project workshops began. The participants were divided into the three international groups to work on a performance program. The German group prepared the Syrian dance and prepared some basic Arabic phrases to teach. The Polish group conducted a workshop where poems about migrants were created. The Spanish group focused on creating a spectacle for the song “The Sea is crying”. All the participants worked very hard to present the project results as a great performance.

After the  intensive work, the participants of the project went to a dinner party held at school. Everyone had an excellent opportunity to taste delicious Italian cuisines. The dishes were prepared by the Italian students’ parents who also joined the dinner. After lunch there was a special screening of short films for all the guests.

On September 15th all the participants travelled to Milan to meet the Head of the Milan European Parliament Office  Mr. Bruno Marasà and Mr. Massimo Gaudina the Head of the European Commission’s Regional Office in Milan.
During the meeting, the refugees participating in the project asked questions regarding their situation in Europe.The meeting was absolutely thrilling as well as educational because it became a great lesson of democracy.
Being in Milan, we also managed to visit the most important places.



















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.


On September 17th  there  was a charity run for refugees which all the project participants joined including  students and teachers of the Parabiago school as well as local residents. The money collected during the run were given to the organization “Students without Frontiers”.









In that day was the second day of the multinational workshops also. The work lasted until late evening hours. Everything and everyone had to be ready for the final performance.

During a few-day workshop, the participants prepared a performance which was  a summary of the Italian stage of the project on September 18th.
The performance included the poems about migrants which Polish group was responsible for. The Spanish group was  in charge of the spectacle “The Sea is crying”. There was also a Syrian dance created and presented by the German and Syrian group.

The Italian group organised a part about the EU and its activities. For example, “Erasmus in schools”, “ Erasmus+ project” “The European ABC “Students without Frontiers” by Sibilla Restelli.

Then, there was the presentation of the book “Ho viaggiato fin qui. Storie di giovani migranti” by Erickson by Cristiana Ceci, curatrice del libro.

The special guests Head of the Milan EP office  Mr. Marasà and councilor Parabiago  Mrs. Nebuloni emphasized the importance of the performance .

Last but not least, the German group made a presentation on the Syrian migration, the Italians about  the situation in Ethiopia and Libya, the Spanish on west African countries, and finally the Polish team on the Chechen and Crimean issues.