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Health and well-being

Protective factor

Description

Often, education is only one among many challenges in young people’s lives. Some early leavers and learners at risk of early leaving have health, psychosocial, legal, or housing problems, among other issues.

Substance abuse, chronic disease, bullying, or an unintended pregnancy are common reasons for dropping out of education and training. Poor housing conditions can limit a young person’s possibilities to study at home, while also affecting their health and ability to learn. Family responsibilities, such as taking care of siblings, leave young people little time to study and to attend education and training. Financial issues in the family often drive young people to drop out from school in favour of a precarious job.

Multiple challenges require multifaceted solutions. Different professionals and services need to coordinate to offer targeted, needs-based support.