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From Anatolia

Reducing the average European rate of early school leavers to less than 10% by 2020 is one of the education headline targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy1. Investment in the educational achievement of young people is essential for the employment prospects of every young person. It is important for the growth of our economy and social cohesion, especially at a time when the current financial and economic crisis is having a serious impact on young people and their families. Investing in education helps to break the cycle of deprivation and poverty leading to the social exclusion of too many young people across Europe.

In June 2011, the Education Council adopted a Recommendation on policies to reduce early school leaving (ESL). It highlights the need for evidence-based and comprehensive policies to reduce ESL. To be effective, policies against ESL need to address all levels of education. They should be cross-sectoral and involve stakeholders from different policy areas such as youth, social/welfare, employment, and health. They should focus on prevention, intervention, and compensation:

– Prevention seeks to avoid the conditions from arising where processes leading to ESL can start.

– Intervention addresses emerging difficulties at an early stage and seeks to prevent them from leading to ESL.

– Compensation measures offer opportunities for education and training for those who have dropped out.

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