Proposal to combat early school leaving

  1. The school should be friendly for students (interesting activities, support from teachers, small class units, etc.)
  2. Teachers should make lessons more interesting and use materials which are useful paying attention to students in class. This can be meaningful and helpful for students to learn about the experience of daily life.
  3. To make school more appealing: improving the facilities of school (labs, gym, garden, etc.).
  4. To promote extracurricular activities taking place in the school, such as:
    • School Paper , newsletter
    • Painting/ cleaning/
    • Decorating
    • Sports or artistic competitions.
    • Music during breaks (intervals)
    • Dance workshops
    • Music workshops
    • Volunteer work
  5. To develop peer counsellors’ action
  6. To use the experiences of students/ adults who have already dropped out to prevent the spreading of early school leaving. It could be useful if dropouts could meet students at risk to tell them about their life after they left school.
  7. To get teachers proactively involved in fighting early school dropout. The teachers could be supported to develop means to increase the integration of students and the communication with them and with their parents, to engage the students in extra-curricular activities and to counsel them.
  8. There must be a close cooperation between the school and the family. The families should be involved in educational meetings at school:
    • to learn about the students’ behaviours in puberty.
    • to prevent truancy
    • to get informed about students’ academic results
  9. Teachers should give responsibility to students in the classroom and in the school so that each student can feel that he or she is a part of the school. It is important that they feel they are relevant individuals and they are being loved and cared for in school.
  10. There should be extra lessons for the absent students and teachers should try to motivate these students to love school during these extra lessons.
  11. A special program should be made for the students under risk of dropping out school.
  12. To motivate teachers and students through awards and prizes.
  13. To encourage the local authorities and specialized NGOs to involve students from communities with a high risk of school dropout as volunteers in various support programmes (such as for the elderly or for families in need).
  14. To keep a record of the situation of pupils from families involved in migration.
  15. To promote intercultural activities to integrate these students.
  16. To offer extra lessons improving the communication in the language of the host country-
  17. To put in place a system to monitor the development of school year groups 
  18. The school should provide financial support to students (e.g. free textbooks) and psychological support from the class tutors, teachers, educators and school institutions.
  19. To increase the flexibility of education – focus on practical way of teaching and give the students wide possibilities to develop their skills, hobbies. This could mean new methods of teaching or new subjects and facilities in the school.
  20. The students should be motivated by their family.
  21. The students should have the awareness of the job prospects in the future, in other words, the students need to know and feel that getting a good education means a well-paid job in the future.
  22. The students’ cognitive curiosity and creativity should be aroused to prepare them for changes and lifelong learning.
  23. To develop “preventive education” – educate students how to solve different problems.
  24. To visit institutions, organizations, supporting programmes which may help students to be successful.
  25. To organize school schedule.
  26. To develop projects to protect the children from child labour.
  27. To cooperate with different institutions to prevent prejudice against the education of female students.
  28. To update the content of education programmes/ curricula.
  29. Process focused evaluation instead of exam focused evaluation will be more helpful to students who attend universities. This will also help them to take part in extra curricular activities at school.