Lampedusa 2023

Lampedusa 2023

Once again this year the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle – as UK representative – took part in the project “A Europe of Rights" organised by the Comitato Tre Ottobre. Tareke Bhrane, President of the Committee, assisted by Marcello Romano, a former LFCG student and now a volunteer for the Comittee, welcomed our students and their teacher on Lampedusa Island.

Four Terminale students – Pauline C.L. (T°4), Eva F. (T°3), Anatole D. (T°5) and Charles V. (T°3) accompanied by their Italian teacher, Prof.ssa E. Meloni, went to Lampedusa island to meet around 350 students from Italian and European schools. They gathered for four days to attend workshops and roundtables, as well as to hear the testimonies of those who survived the shipwrecks, those involved in rescue at sea operations, the relatives of those who lost their lives in the Mediterranean Sea, those who work to give victims a name, and people involved in the reception procedures.

Attending NGOs and institutions included: Amnesty International, Save the Children, the University of Pisa- Sant’Anna, Unicef, the UNHCR, the Red Cross, Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), the emergency centre "Centro Astalli" and many other organisations as well as journalists and the mayors of various Italian cities.

It has been ten years since the shipwreck of the 3 October 2013, off the coasts of Lampedusa. The “A Europe of Rights” event aims to inform students on what has happened so far, over these past ten years, which have seen the death of over 27,000 people in their attempt to cross the Mediterranean. For the 10th anniversary of the Day of Remembrance and Reception, “A Europe of Rights’ is designed to promote learning opportunities among young Italian and European generations, in a perspective of intercultural education, and contributing to develop a culture of solidarity, welcome, dialogue, based on full and conscious respect of human rights.

Article written by E. Meloni - Italian teacher at LFCG

Our students share their thoughts:

The school trip to Lampedusa on the subject of immigration was a deeply moving experience. Visiting this small Italian island brought us face to face with the shocking reality of migrants risking their lives to reach Europe.

We were deeply moved by the poignant testimonies of the people of Lampedusa and those involved in rescue operations at sea. This trip opened our eyes to the challenges faced by migrants and the complex issues surrounding immigration. We realised how important it is to have an empathetic perspective and to seek humane solutions to this crisis.

Lampedusa also showed us the incredible solidarity of the locals, who welcome migrants with compassion despite the island's limited resources. This experience has given us a strong desire to raise awareness of the issue of immigration and to fight for a more inclusive and equitable world.

We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in this trip, which has profoundly enriched our understanding of the world and its issues, and to have been able to meet so many people who shared their experiences with us.

Comitato 3 Ottobre website, click here

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Once again this year the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle – as UK representative – took part in the project “A Europe of Rights" organised by the Comitato Tre Ottobre. Tareke Bhrane, President of the Committee, assisted by Marcello Romano, a former LFCG student and now a volunteer for the Comittee, welcomed our students and their teacher on Lampedusa Island.

Four Terminale students – Pauline C.L. (T°4), Eva F. (T°3), Anatole D. (T°5) and Charles V. (T°3) accompanied by their Italian teacher, Prof.ssa E. Meloni, went to Lampedusa island to meet around 350 students from Italian and European schools. They gathered for four days to attend workshops and roundtables, as well as to hear the testimonies of those who survived the shipwrecks, those involved in rescue at sea operations, the relatives of those who lost their lives in the Mediterranean Sea, those who work to give victims a name, and people involved in the reception procedures.

Attending NGOs and institutions included: Amnesty International, Save the Children, the University of Pisa- Sant’Anna, Unicef, the UNHCR, the Red Cross, Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), the emergency centre "Centro Astalli" and many other organisations as well as journalists and the mayors of various Italian cities.

It has been ten years since the shipwreck of the 3 October 2013, off the coasts of Lampedusa. The “A Europe of Rights” event aims to inform students on what has happened so far, over these past ten years, which have seen the death of over 27,000 people in their attempt to cross the Mediterranean. For the 10th anniversary of the Day of Remembrance and Reception, “A Europe of Rights’ is designed to promote learning opportunities among young Italian and European generations, in a perspective of intercultural education, and contributing to develop a culture of solidarity, welcome, dialogue, based on full and conscious respect of human rights.

Article written by E. Meloni - Italian teacher at LFCG

Our students share their thoughts:

The school trip to Lampedusa on the subject of immigration was a deeply moving experience. Visiting this small Italian island brought us face to face with the shocking reality of migrants risking their lives to reach Europe.

We were deeply moved by the poignant testimonies of the people of Lampedusa and those involved in rescue operations at sea. This trip opened our eyes to the challenges faced by migrants and the complex issues surrounding immigration. We realised how important it is to have an empathetic perspective and to seek humane solutions to this crisis.

Lampedusa also showed us the incredible solidarity of the locals, who welcome migrants with compassion despite the island's limited resources. This experience has given us a strong desire to raise awareness of the issue of immigration and to fight for a more inclusive and equitable world.

We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in this trip, which has profoundly enriched our understanding of the world and its issues, and to have been able to meet so many people who shared their experiences with us.

Comitato 3 Ottobre website, click here

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