Early school leaving (ESL) is a growing severe problem in Europe which has long-term effects both on economic growth, the societal developments and on the individuals. The future of Europe depends on young people’s success both in the working life and in the society. Drop-out is a major obstacle in both respects. The problem is complex and cannot be solved by education providers only. There is a need for effective cross-sectoral cooperation with different stakeholders.
What is new about the project?
There is a lack of permanent networks and methodology for cross-sectoral cooperation to tackle early school leaving. Combating ESL demands a deep insight of the whole cause and effect process, which is also essential to develop comprehensive policies focusing on the entire chain (prevention, intervention and compensation) in order to achieve sustainable results. The complexity of the problem requires strategies which should focus on the whole chain of phenomena. A broad partnership from different countries and cultures will therefore study the whole chain. The project will highlight the need of regional strategies based on a broad partnership for cross-sectoral collaboration in each region and even to develop a common methodology for collaboration to be implemented in the regions.
With the participation of five regional authorities in the project, the developed methods, and proposed strategies as well as the policy recommendations will be anchored and rooted on the regional level during the project implementation.
Why is AER on board?
The Assembly of European Regions has a history of working on participation and inclusion and more specifically on youth empowerment. Since its creation in 1985 the network has had youth, lifelong learning and economic development in its core topics. This is how for instance the AER youth work placement programme Eurodyssey was created, the first in Europe.
AER also develops cooperation at policy-making level on Youth, by promoting the implementation of regional youth councils and the development of youth participation in political life. One of the 3 thematic Committees specifically focuses on Youth, Culture & Education and we published a report which highlights regional good practices on youth participation in 2014. We also facilitate the cooperation between Regional Youth Councils via the AER Youth Regional Network.
AER has been involved in several European projects aimed at improving the inclusion of youth in specific via youth entrepreneurship.
Within the AER Committee on Culture Education and Youth the Subcommittee on Youth initiated work on combatting early school leaving. To facilitate the exchange of experiences and engage in mutual learning a working group was created in April 2013 under the leadership of the region of Västernorrland.
The JET-CD Erasmus+ project represented an opportunity for regions already involved in exchanging experiences and working together to improve policy making on the topic within the framework of the AER working group on early school drop-outs, to deepen this cooperation in a very concrete way.
The working group follows the progress of the JET-CD project via its regular meetings. The JET-CD outputs are shared both via the meetings and via social media and the AER website. News articles are regularly published on the homepage to ensure wider outreach of the JET-CD findings. Members from the project also benefit from feedback and experiences from other members in the working group, ensuring a constant flow of knowledge.
|JET CD leaflet|
|Output1 – Analysis report on dropout in the regional context|
|Output2 – Joint methodology to prevent dropout by cross-sectoral cooperation|
|Output3 – Joint methodology to detect early school leavers and to identify their needs for re-motivation and re-engagement|
|Output4 – Joint methods and solutions for compensation measures to re-enter early school leavers into education|
|Output5 – Toolbox of the developed joint methodologies for prevention, intervention and compensation measures from the participating regions|
|Output 6 – Policy recommendation for combating school dropout|
Meetings & activities
Vasternorrland-S County Council (lead partner) Ilona NOVAK (ilona.novak(at)lvn.se)
Sundsvalls-S Gymnasium Västermalm Tomas GRIM (tomas.grim(at)skola.sundsvall.se)
Servei d’Ocupació de Catalunya-E Esther ESTANY (esther.estany(at)gencat.cat)
Fundació El Llindar (E) Borja CASTELLET LORAN (bcastellet(at)ellindar.org)
Østfold-N County Council Geir SYVERTSEN (geisyv(at)ostfoldfk.no)
Tulcea-RO County Council Mircea IORDACHE (mircea.iordache(at)cjtulcea.ro)
Hampshire-UK County Council Phillip WALKER (phillip.walker(at)hants.gov.uk)
Assembly of European Regions Johanna PACEVICIUS (j.pacevicius(at)aer.eu)
Video from El Lindar Second Chance School, Catalunya
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