The project Support against Vocational Training and Education Dropout “SaVED” is a Leonardo da Vinci -Transfer of Innovation project.
The SaVED project transfers results of a previos project - "Stop Dropout!" project, which was a very successful one, receiving from the NA from Austria, the LLL Award in the category products for the LdV TOI project, www.stop-dropout.eu , devloped by a consortium coordinated by an organization from Austria, BLICK.
WHY IS THIS PROJECT NECESSARY?
The SaVED project addressed to one of the most actual problem EDUCATION AND TRAINING DROP OUT. The necessity of the project is proved by the fact that one in seven young people from EU is affected by early school leaving (ESL). Therefore, one of the main educational challenges in Europe is reducing ESL level, this being a shared objective of EU countries.
Early leavers from education and training indicator evaluates the performance of the educational and training systems, but it signals some important aspects of social and economic life that influence people's access to education and have strong negative impact on their integration on the labour market and access to qualitative jobs (e.g. unemployment rate, annual EU average, of people less than 25 years, was of 21.4%). EU spends more than 100 bln. Euro per year, around 1% of EU annual budget, to support the unemployed youths, so addressing the drop-out phenomena is crucial. In 2011, 13.5% of EU population aged 18 to 24 was early school leavers from education and training (ESL), accomplishing at most lower secondary education.
This rate decreased by 2.0 percentage points, since 2006 but the progress is still insignificant in many EU Member States, only 11 of the EU countries reaching in 2011 the target agreed by the European Council by 2020: ESL less than 10%. ESL is below the national target set in all partner countries. In Turkey, as candidate country to integration in EU, being a very worrying situation, the ESL percent was in 2011 of 41.9%. Comparing to the target set to be achieved (the national target is 11.3%), Romania is below with 6 procentual points, ESL being 17.5% in 2011.
Except Austria, the promoter and the coordinator of the previous project, the situation is similar in all partner countries: Greece (13.1%), United Kingdom (15%), Bulgaria (12.8%). Another issue that should be taken into consideration, as highlighted by the official statistics, is that there are significant gender differences regarding ESL both at EU average and in partner countries. In 2011, male's ESL was of 15.3% at EU level.
The same situation is highlighted in Greece, Romania and UK, underlining the necessity of further action regarding dropout prevention.
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