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Europe Begins in Lampedusa 2017

Discussion between the students and the Minister of EducationDiscussion between the students and the Minister of Education

A series of events entitled ‘Europe begins in Lampedusa’ took place for the second consecutive year on the island of Lampedusa in Italy, from 30 September to 3 October 2017. The Italian Ministry of Education organised the event, together with the Italian Ministry of the Interior, the ‘Comitato 3 Ottobre’ association and the Municipality of Lampedusa and Linosa.

The event commemorates the date of 3 October 2013, when 368 migrants died in a shipwreck off the island of Lampedusa. The project brought together Italian and international participants, including representatives from the Agency. It focused on the issues of migration, better understanding of human rights mechanisms and inclusion values. Over 250 learners (aged 16–18) took part in the event, most of whom came from schools all over Italy. There were also delegations from Austria, France, Malta and Spain. Learners had been asked to create a video on migration and solidarity before the meeting in Lampedusa. Their short films were presented during the event and they remain available online.

A diverse array of learning activities took place during the four days: workshops, school visits, meetings with survivors of the 2013 shipwreck, as well as meetings with politicians including the President of the Italian Senate, the Minister of Education and the mayor of Lampedusa. The event featured theatre and music performances, a march to the Door of Europe (a monument made in 2008 to commemorate the migrants lost at sea) and a symbolic ceremony at sea.


Last modified Nov 29, 2017
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