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Dropout prevention in schools

In the Berlin district of Neukölln areas have arisen where there are concentrations of social weaknesses. The proportion of people with an immigrant background is around 30%. The most serious problem is the current situation regarding education and employment, the current level of unemployment is more than 20%. Currently 9% of German pupils and 20% of the pupils of non-German origin in Berlin leave school without any qualifications.During the school year 2007/2008 there were 1600 early school-leavers in the city of 's-Hertogenbosch. The number of early school-leavers is decreasing, but is still much too high; about 20% of all youngsters in the city between the ages of 18 and 23 years are early school-leavers. In 2008 there were 280 young employment seekers registered. There is still a lack of testing instruments and methods, and no extended network of individuals who are working to improve the current situation, both of which would be needed in order to come significantly closer to the stated goal of reducing the dropout quota and improving the transition from school to work.The main goal of the co-operation between Berlin Neukölln and 's-Hertogenbosch was to develop a “toolbox” for the early recognition and reduction of the threat of students dropping out of school. The aim will be that this “toolbox” is transferable in its application, and thereby is not limited to the participating project partners. This "toolbox" is an important key to improve the networking of regional stakeholders dealing with dropout problems.The steering group agreed during the project to carry out a compilation of good-practice measures, partners, methods, and institutions etc within the context of school dropouts. To this end a “framework for dropout prevention” was developed. This allowed the systematic collection of data. At the end of the project both regions, together with other European partners, are in talks to develop a follow-up project.Find more:
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