Welcome Europe 2022 - 4 days in Lampedusa

Welcome Europe 2022 - 4 days in Lampedusa

WELCOME EUROPE | Giornata della Memoria e dell’Accoglienza 2022

This year again, the Lycée Charles de Gaulle, represented by Mrs Meloni, Italian teacher, and Charles V. (1°5), took part in the Gateway to Europe 2020/2022 Project, supported by MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research). In collaboration with Comitato Tre Ottobre, the Liceo Scientifico, Musicale e Coreutico G. Marconi (in Apulia), as lead partner, along with other schools, including the Liceo Luigi Pirandello di Lampedusa e Linosa, launched the project Welcome Europe.

The aim of the project is to create learning opportunities among young Italian and European generations, in a perspective of intercultural education beyond the school walls. Welcome Europe contributes to developing a culture of solidarity, hospitality and dialogue, based on full and conscious respect of human rights.

The three-day conferences were organised in workshops for students and teachers held at the Liceo Luigi Pirandello of Lampedusa. The workshops were run by 20 organisations such as Doctors without Borders, Mediterranea Saving Humans, the IOM (UN International Organisation for Migration), UNICEF, the UNHCR, Refugees Welcome, Centro Astalli, the Red Cross, the Italian Coast Guards and many others.

In the afternoon there were round tables where journalists like Angela Caponnetto from Rai News 24 and Nancy Porsia, freelance, shared their experiences and discussed various issues together with EU Commissioners Domènec Ruiz Devesa, EU committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO), Pietro Bartolo, Vice-Chair of the EU Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and many others. Beside workshops and roundtables, students met with survivors and with relatives of the victims of the tragic 3rd October 2013 shipwreck who came to share their experience and ideas on how to move forward.

This year, there were over 250 students of 53 schools from Italy (most of the Italian regions were represented) and from 11 other European Countries (Albania, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Slovenia, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Romania and Spain). 70 volunteers together with 27 NGOs and institutions were involved in the programme. The LFCG is very proud that Marcello Romano, who finished at the LFCG last summer and now studies at King’s College London, was among the volunteers!

The daily activities were concluded with friendly moments and concerts with Italian artists, such as Tinturia (from Sicily), rapper Tommy Kuti (born in Nigeria, raised in Lombardy), Malika Ayane (from Milan) and Sandro Joyeux (Pan-African French-Italian singer).

On the last day, 3rd October, the commemoration ceremony was held in the presence of Roberto Fico, President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, who announced the new MIUR 2022-2023 contest. Also attending were Abdelhafid Kheit, the Imam of Catania, Salvatore Martello, Mayor of Lampedusa, and Tareke Bhrane, President of the Comitato Tre Ottobre. There was a peace march of all participants to the Porta d’Europa. The commemorative ceremony was also attended by the patrol boat of the Italian Coast Guards and Guardia di Finanza, as well as by fishing boats. The civil rescue ship Mare Jonio was present, flying the Italian flag as a part of the European Civil Fleet used by Mediterranea Saving Humans for rescue missions in the central Mediterranean. A wreath was laid in the actual place where the shipwreck took place.

The event was lived streamed at the European Parliament in Strasburg with several Committee presidents on the occasion of the Italian National Day of Remembrance and Reception.

At the Lycée, we are committed to continue sowing the “Seeds of Lampedusa” next year and to take a small delegation of students to the European Parliament!

Source: E. Meloni

The event in video:

For more information
Comitato Tre Ottobre website

WELCOME EUROPE | Giornata della Memoria e dell’Accoglienza 2022

This year again, the Lycée Charles de Gaulle, represented by Mrs Meloni, Italian teacher, and Charles V. (1°5), took part in the Gateway to Europe 2020/2022 Project, supported by MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research). In collaboration with Comitato Tre Ottobre, the Liceo Scientifico, Musicale e Coreutico G. Marconi (in Apulia), as lead partner, along with other schools, including the Liceo Luigi Pirandello di Lampedusa e Linosa, launched the project Welcome Europe.

The aim of the project is to create learning opportunities among young Italian and European generations, in a perspective of intercultural education beyond the school walls. Welcome Europe contributes to developing a culture of solidarity, hospitality and dialogue, based on full and conscious respect of human rights.

The three-day conferences were organised in workshops for students and teachers held at the Liceo Luigi Pirandello of Lampedusa. The workshops were run by 20 organisations such as Doctors without Borders, Mediterranea Saving Humans, the IOM (UN International Organisation for Migration), UNICEF, the UNHCR, Refugees Welcome, Centro Astalli, the Red Cross, the Italian Coast Guards and many others.

In the afternoon there were round tables where journalists like Angela Caponnetto from Rai News 24 and Nancy Porsia, freelance, shared their experiences and discussed various issues together with EU Commissioners Domènec Ruiz Devesa, EU committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO), Pietro Bartolo, Vice-Chair of the EU Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and many others. Beside workshops and roundtables, students met with survivors and with relatives of the victims of the tragic 3rd October 2013 shipwreck who came to share their experience and ideas on how to move forward.

This year, there were over 250 students of 53 schools from Italy (most of the Italian regions were represented) and from 11 other European Countries (Albania, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Slovenia, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Romania and Spain). 70 volunteers together with 27 NGOs and institutions were involved in the programme. The LFCG is very proud that Marcello Romano, who finished at the LFCG last summer and now studies at King’s College London, was among the volunteers!

The daily activities were concluded with friendly moments and concerts with Italian artists, such as Tinturia (from Sicily), rapper Tommy Kuti (born in Nigeria, raised in Lombardy), Malika Ayane (from Milan) and Sandro Joyeux (Pan-African French-Italian singer).

On the last day, 3rd October, the commemoration ceremony was held in the presence of Roberto Fico, President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, who announced the new MIUR 2022-2023 contest. Also attending were Abdelhafid Kheit, the Imam of Catania, Salvatore Martello, Mayor of Lampedusa, and Tareke Bhrane, President of the Comitato Tre Ottobre. There was a peace march of all participants to the Porta d’Europa. The commemorative ceremony was also attended by the patrol boat of the Italian Coast Guards and Guardia di Finanza, as well as by fishing boats. The civil rescue ship Mare Jonio was present, flying the Italian flag as a part of the European Civil Fleet used by Mediterranea Saving Humans for rescue missions in the central Mediterranean. A wreath was laid in the actual place where the shipwreck took place.

The event was lived streamed at the European Parliament in Strasburg with several Committee presidents on the occasion of the Italian National Day of Remembrance and Reception.

At the Lycée, we are committed to continue sowing the “Seeds of Lampedusa” next year and to take a small delegation of students to the European Parliament!

Source: E. Meloni

The event in video:

For more information
Comitato Tre Ottobre website

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