Libyan migrant's life story for middle school thesis

Girl living in SPRAR project facilities

19 June, 17:37

    Najat (in the pink shirt) with her family Najat (in the pink shirt) with her family

    SALERNO - A Libyan middle school student chose to tell the story of her life as migrant for her year-end thesis. Najat is the firstborn of a family of migrants that arrived in Baronissi near Salerno though the Italian asylum seekers and refugee protection system (SPRAR).

    The girl, who holds Libyan nationality, has recently earned her middle school diploma - and was the first to do so among the 51 people who have been living for the past two years in the facilities in the Valle dell'Irno city.

    In her thesis, she told her story through all the subjects with historic, geographical, social, artistic and literary references, speaking about Libya and the reception and solidarity she was shown in Baronissi. At the end, she was given a round of applause by the commission and her classmates. ''I would like to thank all the volunteers who work with the families,'' Baronissi mayor Gianfranco Valiante said. ''They are precious resources of our community. From the very beginning, with the SPRAR project, we gave priority to real cultural and civil integration of our guests and today the goal of a middle school diploma for the young Najat compensates for all the work done.'' How words were echoed by councillor for social policies Marco Picarone.

    ''The promotion of cultural integration has had the aim of fighting against prejudices linked to the idea of 'immigrants' and has enabled different cultures to integrate, thus making it possible, especially in a scholastic context, to see real cultural growth and opening to other social realities. Well done, Najat,'' he said.

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