The initiative #siamosullastessabarca (#weareinthesameboat) is Comitato's campaign for the 6th “Day of Remembrance and Reception”, that this year will bring to Lampedusa more than 60 schools from about 20 EU Countries.
Thus, the boat goes from a mere symbol of migration to a metaphor for a world where, first and foremost, we are all human beings.
The initiative was launched to fill the sense of ethical disorientation and emptiness with an active engagement of public opinion and, in particular, of the young generations, for them to become drivers of long-lasting change through dialogue and mutual exchange.
What is the Day of Remembrance and Reception?
On 16 March 2016, the Italian Senate approved the Comitato's bill to establish the national “Day of Remembrance and Reception”, aiming at creating a memory and a culture of information and reception.
The “Day of Remembrance and Reception” is celebrated every year on 3 October and it involves several municipalities, local communities and, in particular, numerous schools throughout Italy.
Remembrance and awareness-raising activities include the direct participation of refugees, survivors and relatives of the shipwreck of 3 October 2013 and of other disasters at sea.
From 30 September to 3 October 2020, on the 6th Day of Remembrance and Reception, Comitato Tre Ottobre is back to Lampedusa with the project “Lampedusa: the Gate of Europe”, organized in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, the Municipality of Lampedusa and Linosa, G. Marconi High School in Pesaro and the support of Compagnia San Paolo.
Since 2014 the project has involved more than 800 students from 150 schools and 20 EU countries.
Interactive map of the schools involved in the "Day of Remembrance and Reception" from 2015 till today
The project is supported by important associations, including Doctors without Borders (MSF), IOM, Save the Children, UNHCR, Amnesty International, National Association of Civil Victims of War Onlus, Associazione Carta di Roma, Italian Jesuit Refugee Service, Italian Relief Corps of the Order of Malta, Circolo Legambiente Lampedusa, Esther Ada.
On the days before the remembrance ceremony on the site of the shipwreck, students from all over Italy and Europe gather in Lampedusa and participate in seminars, workshops, concerts and documentary screenings on the following topics:
- Human rights
- Racism and discrimination
- Migrants and refugees’ rights (in particular the rights of the minors)
- Rescue at sea
- Reception and asylum-related practices
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