Are you looking for useful strategies to counter migrant students’ school dropout?

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Early school leaving refers to the situation in which young people leave formal education before completing secondary or equivalent education. It is a complex problem that can have serious consequences for individuals and society as a whole, particularly in societies where education is crucial for access to the labour market and social inclusion. Early school leaving is a persistent problem in Europe, where dropout rates vary widely. Some countries have managed to reduce the rate significantly, while others still face challenges.

For this reason, the partnership of the In&In Education project is working on the development of a set of resources for teachers and schools aimed at contrasting school dropout among young people with a migrant background, taking into account a number of conditions and variables that can exacerbate the critical problems of boys and girls living in a state of socio-economic deprivation.

One of the resources for teachers that is currently being worked on is the Training module for teachers on educational inclusion of students with migrant origin with an intersectional approach: on November 16 and 17, a meeting was held in Madrid between the organizations involved in the project, precisely to discuss the progress of the resources and to define the content to be included in the course, which will specifically consist of:

  • A module that analyses the context of the 3 countries in the partnership (Italy, Spain and Greece) in terms of demographics, socio-economics and education systems, to explore the possible causes of early school leaving and the difference in terms of school performance between boys and girls who live in disadvantaged contexts and/or have a migrant background;
  • The second module discusses the main measures that schools can take to improve educational outcomes and prevent school dropout, especially for students living in disadvantaged conditions;
  • The third module will consist of a set of tools and suggestions for activities to be carried out in the classroom with students, with the aim of putting into practice some of the measures proposed in the previous modules, to make the classroom and schools more inclusive places, with a focus on students with migrant backgrounds.

The next resources to be released soon will be:

  1. A mapping to be shared with schools, teachers, students and families, with a series of resources active in the local contexts of each partner country, with reference to:
    • The school context for educational and other needs;
    • The third sector (NGOs, associations, counters, etc…) active in the local contexts of Palermo, Madrid and Athens to respond to other needs of the migrant population, from humanitarian assistance to legal advice or career guidance.
  2. A video with the testimonies of migrant people to be shared with students and teachers to address issues such as: inequalities, stereotypes, disadvantages (which can be linguistic and/or socio-economic) that lead to isolation and ultimately dropout situations for migrant students, who are victims of discrimination at different levels.

If you are a teacher or educator interested in the dropout issue and working in multicultural settings, please write to Emna Miled for more information about the training course that will be launched in the coming weeks and the other project resources.

About the project

In&In Education – Inclusive education with an intersectional approach, for the school success of Girls and Boys of migrant origin is a project funded by the program Erasmus+: KA220-SCH – Cooperation partnerships in school education.


For further information

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