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The aim of the project is the creation of an educational network dealing with the early school leaving problem (ESL) that a lot of European countries are facing.

According to CEDEFOPs’ relevant reports, ESL is typically caused by a cumulative process of disengagement as a result of personal, social, economic, geographical, education or family-related reasons. Such reasons can be external or internal to school processes and experiences. However, a significant part of the problem can be attributed to lack of support and guidance, disengagement from schooling, and secondary-level curricula which too often do not offer enough options for varied courses, alternative teaching pedagogies, experiential and other hands-on learning opportunities or sufficient flexibility and support. Indeed, for some young people, much of the school experience bears little relation to the world they encounter outside the school gates.

 

Thus, this projects’ network approach is based on genuine cooperation between all participating schools, in terms of collecting information, exchanging knowledge, developing, transferring and implementing innovative good practices and approaches, developing and testing teaching methods as well as non-formal and formal educational strategies regarding ESL management and prevention.

In particular, the project is designed to focus mainly on the in-schools ESL influencing factors that are addressed by the CEDEFOP reports, which are:

  1. Teaching methods, curriculum and extra-curricular issues (innovative teaching strategies, after-school opportunities etc).
  2. Issues connected to positive/negative school climate (bulling, teacher-student relationships etc).

Furthermore, the project is concerned with the contribution of the society in general and parents in particular, who play a key role in facilitating young students to take such an important decision, aiming to inform about ESL and engage them into the projects' activities.

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