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 leavers to less than 10% of all 18 to 24 years old. This target has not been reached yet. According to Eurostat annual data (20 November 2009), early leavers from education and training percentages of the population aged 18-24 are:
- 14,4% in EU countries
- 11,1% in Germany
- 12,3% in France
- 11,1% in Belgium
- 5,3% in Slovenia
- 44,3% in Turkey
"CoPro Integration" project will be based on four main actions. These are;
1. Development of new educational approach modules as pedagogic 'second chance' model,
2. Creation of training modules for social workers, trainers and supervisory staff,
3. Establishment of e-database through the collection of documents on EU education, training and employment strategies for vocational training policy makers,
4. Coaching and pilot practical training for fifty youth on European operational and multidisciplinary training program to promote young workers for social and labour market.