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Involving parents in the prevention of early school leaving

In the strategy 2020, the European Union recognizes Early School Leaving (ESL) as a major challenge with an aim to reduce it below 10 %. Education researchers and practitioners consider that the role of parents in the prevention of this problem is crucial. Through a range of policies, local authorities can play a key role to better involve parents. PREVENT proposes to share experiences related to the involvement of parents in the prevention of early school leaving.

Early school leaving (ESL) processes have complex and varied causes and the reasons for dropping out of school are individual. However, ESL follows certain patterns that are often linked to socio-economic background: disadvantaged minorities, low education backgrounds in families, poor achievement in education and training, families difficulties involving child participation to family income or taking adult responsibilities such as caring for family members and/or a combination of social, economical, emotional and educational problems putting individuals at risk.

PREVENT proposes an innovative approach, where parents are considered as a key part of the solution to reduce ESL, and cities as driving forces to create synergies, common understanding and develop concrete collaboration between stakeholders.

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Timeline

2013
Project launch
2015
Project completed

Integrated action plans

An Integrated Action Plan (IAP) is a policy instrument that is produced by Action Planning networks within a period of 12 - 14 months after the beginning of their activities. The aim of the IAP is to respond in a concrete way to a urban challenge, which is common to all involved cities. Each partner city develops its own IAP, so all plans are unique in terms of local circumstances, territorial coverage and, most of all, the context in which this tool is proposed to be implemented. The creation and validation of this instrument relies in a collective undertaking, designed to strengthen commitment and to increase the prospect of sustainable delivery. In this sense, every partner city must establish a URBACT Local Group (ULG), in order to gather implicated stakeholders to co-create and participate in this process.Thus, the IAP reflect and integrate all ULG members' knowledge and learning from transnational exchange.
  • Nantes
    Nantes
  • gijon
    Gijon
  • Catania
  • Sofia
  • Tallinn
  • Stockholm
  • Usti Nad Labem
  • Munich
  • The Hague
  • Antwerp