We provide education and training in schools across Italy and several other EU Countries, by fostering conversations between students and migrants throughout the years. We spread the voices and stories of those who survived the journey to seek asylum across schools, and each year we gather groups of students in Lampedusa – a place that became the symbol of migration in Italy.

We strongly believe that spreading education and raising awareness of migration issues is the first essential step towards a change in the current EU policies.

From 2014 our activities have involved more than 30.000 students from 150 schools of 20 EU countries.

Seeds of Lampedusa

Interactive map of the meeting in the schools for the initiative "Seeds of Lampedusa"

Seeds of Lampedusa is the itinerant activity that is carried out throughout the year in Italian and European schools.

The aim is to create opportunities for dialogue between students and migrants with a view to disseminating first hand knowledge on the migration issue.

Today it also involves several schools that, even if they haven't visited the island, are interested in deeping the knowledge of this topic.

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Day of Remembrance and Reception

Since 2014, Comitato has brought to Lampedusa more than 800 students from 150 schools of 20 EU countries for the commemoration of the Day of Remembrance and Reception.

The 4 days long initiative takes please at Lampedusa and aims at enhancing awareness about migration, human rights, cultural integration and reception among the young generation.

The specific aims of the project are:

  • Educate young European students dynamically and through active participation in workshops, documentary screenings, seminar, meeting with migrants, activist and refugees.
  • Building a European network of schools active in migration, migrant reception and fightingagainst discrimination.

From 2015 to 2017 the project was funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) under the name "Europe starts in Lampedusa".

This year, from 30th September to 3rd October 2019, for the sixth Day of Remembrance and Reception, the Comitato Tre Ottobre was in Lampedusa with the project “P(r)onti per l’Accoglienza”, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, University and Research, Lampedusa and Linosa municipality, G. Marconi high school (Pesaro) and the support of Compagnia San Paolo.

The project is supported by prominent associations, including Doctors without Border (MSF), Amnesty International, UndeRadio (Save the Children), the National Association of Civil Victims of War, the Association Carta di Roma, the Jesuit Refugee Service, the Italian Relief Corps of the Order of Malta, the Legambiente Circle Lampedusa, Esther Ada, the International Organization for Migration (OIM) and the UNHCR.

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