Integration Program for School Dropouts

Integration Program for School Dropouts
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Early school leaving is an urgent and serious problem, both for individuals and society as a whole. The EU Member States work together to reduce number of pupils who drop out before the end of secondary education.

There are many reasons – often highly individual – why some young people give up education and training prematurely: learning difficulties, social problems or a lack of motivation, guidance or support.

In 2003, EU Member States agreed to reduce the share of early school dropouts to less then 10% of all 18 to 24 years old.

This target has not been reached yet. According to Eurostat annual data (20 November 2009), dropouts from education and training percentages of the population are 14,4% in EU countries.

Europe has many young school drop out, leaving education without skills. They need to participate in the knowledge society and to move smoothly into employment. They face the risk of social exclusion. Further, they are effectively shut out of lifelong learning early in their lives.

Young workers have up to recently been largely excluded from opportunities central to participation in social, economic,

and cultural life of society. They have had limited access to vocational education, skills training and employment when they work. Given the lack of access to life long learning education, young workers are ineligible to enter most kinds of vocational training, and limits their chances of getting a job or starting self employment.

The project will be based on three main actions. These are:

  1. Development of new educational approach modules as pedagogic 'second chance' model,
  2. Establisment of e-database through the collection of documents on EU education, training and employment strategies for vocational training policy makers,
  3. Coaching and pilot training for youths on European operational and multidisciplinary training program to promote young workers for social and labour market.

This project (2012-1-TR1-LEO04-35828-10) has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.