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Prevention on Early School Leaving






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The project of Preventing Early School Leaving (named PESL) is presented in this article and addresses the city partners that are facing the same problem. It comes from the idea of the wide and complex nature of this phenomenon and it assigns a key role to the families of children at risk of dropping out from school. The role of the parents and the neighbors surrounding students is essential to interpret and understand the choice of early leaving school. Children that experiment a critical phase in their lives have to feel that they are understood in their needs and problems. Parents should be better involved in their children’s lives. Cities play an important role in this project, they serve as driving forces to create common understanding and develop concrete collaboration between the stakeholders. City partners are given some questions dealing with the possible strategies that could be set up to reduce the early school leaving problem. The promoters recognize the differences in terms of policies and circumstances that have to be taken into account while observing and intervening to solve this problem: each city develops its own practice, what they all share is the common goal, that is to reduce the scholastic drop outs. The article mentions some of the cities that are part of the program. It ends with a reflection on the importance of education in a person’s life and it suggests to give support to children whenever they need it.


This project aims at reducing the rate of early school leavers, involving parents and cities as the main partners in it. It rightly considers of great importance the role of parents in their children’s lives: children need to be supported in their weaknesses and anxieties and parents are the only ones that really know them, so their help is essential, especially when children have problems in their scholastic career. This project seriously considers the problem of early school leaving and deals with it in the wright way. The idea of trying to reduce the scholastic drop outs intervening at local level (in this case within cities) can be seen as an effective approach to the problem: cities build the world that surrounds children, they live in the city and most of their experiences come from it. So cities could be the right starting point for a process that should include parents’ better involvement as well. The promoters allow cities to implement different strategies recognizing the different local situations, but, at the same time, recommends them to act for the same purpose. This feature is essential to elaborate an effective and good practice to solve the early school leaving problem, because it permits the local authorities to evaluate their own capabilities and resources that can be used to help students at risk of dropping out from school.


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15 November 2012

Stay@School at the Future of Education Conference

The Stay@School projet will be presented at the third edition of the “Future of Education” international conference, held in Florence, Italy, on 13 - 14 June 2013. Over 250 participants from all over the world will attend the conference. The conference participants belong to the sectors of higher education, school education, vocational education and training as well as adult education, therefore representing all of the target groups of the Stay@School project.

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