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Where do we come from? Where do we want to go?

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"Identities arise from attributions and self-attributions: from the sense of belonging, be it to one's own life story, or to supra-individual communities such as home, nation, profession, gender." (Ralph Konersmann)

"Where do we come from? Where do we want to go? "- Do ten-year-olds get enthusiastic about these questions or do we rather say" What is your hobby? What will your profession be? "A school project with the 4th grade of the Boy Lornsen School has shown: one's own history, migration and identity are topics for which elementary school students also become creative.

The project, conceived by Barbara von Campe in collaboration with Martina Bengsch-Maczik, headmistress of the Boy Lorsen School, came into being in the summer of 2015 in the wake of the unexpectedly strong and ever-ongoing stream of refugees: people, including the fleeing from the civil war in Syria as well as state and Islamist terrorism in order to bring themselves to safety in Germany. They also bring their stories with them. At the same time, the migration movements of the 20th and 21st centuries have already led many people from different places of origin across borders to Schleswig-Holstein. As an example, just after the Second World War, the population almost doubled. It can be presumed that the cultural heritage brought along furthers the identity formation of their children and mixes with the regional lifestyle.

The question "Who am I?" can therefore not be conclusively answered without the question "Where are we from?". The genealogical approach allows access to one's own identity. By capturing the cultural heritage of one's own family in telling stories, it also serves to recognize historical and contemporary contexts. Through the questions "Who do we want to be?" And "Where do we want to go?", the knowledge of "migrations" and "identities" becomes future-relevant.

The idea builds on the historical and cultural approach of the "Schleswig-Holstein Cultural Heritage - Heirs of Heritage" to expand one's own perception and make other or foreign things tangible in the sense of a "unity in diversity" through the history/story of one's own lifeworld ,

The aim of the project was therefore, with the help of one's own stories, to sharpen the view for regional peculiarities of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage and to develop a sense for individual destinies. In the process, the project managers have the insight: Only those who have a solid identity, who are not constantly insecure, can afford to remain liberal.

"Where do we come from? Where do we want to go?" Is an offer of the project "School meets culture - culture meets school" funded by the Ministry of Education Science and Culture of Schleswig-Holstein (MBWK) and the Mercator Foundation. The Boy Lornsen School in Tinnum/Sylt will be taking part for the third time in 2018.

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