Why october 3?

On October, the 3rd, 2013, 368 migrants died in a dreadful shipwreck off the Italian island of Lampedusa. It was just one of the cruelest tragedy in the long trail of death since the mass migrations from North Africa began few years ago. The UNHCR rates that more than 2600 persons have died in the Mediterranean sea from 2011 so far.  The Italian Parliament has therefore established a Remembering Day every 3rd of October, to honor the people who died and raise awareness of the migration tragedy.

The “Europe begins at Lampedusa” initiative aims to involve Italian and European students in learning activities and events specifically concerning the issues of global interdependence and human rights, with a particular focus on migrations and the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.

School are therefore invited to discuss these issues, in order to spread the culture of information, coexistence and peace, founded on respect for human rights.

The activities will be concluded in Lampedusa, where students from Italy and Europe will meet for from 30 September to 3 October, to go deeper into their reflection, commemorate the event and show their commitment.

The initiative includes two steps:

  1. Within Sept., 2016 – Italian and European classes (students aged 16-18) are involved in didactic activities and workshops in their schools; these activities will result in producing materials (e.g. writing, drawing, photography, videos, various types of multimedia etc.) focusing on migration issues. They will show their work during the meeting in Lampedusa and 3 of them will be selected and donated to the Museum of Dialogue and Trust.
  1. From the 30th of Sept. to the 3rd of October, 2016 – A delegation of 3 students and a teacher from each school will gather in the isle of Lampedusa, where they will be engaged in workshops, debates, performances.