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Inclusive environment

Protective factor

Description

Language and cultural barriers, and a disadvantaged socio-economic situation of families and communities, often contribute to young people leaving early from education and training.

Financial problems and poverty drive young people to leave school and find a job. Parents from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds are often less engaged in their children’s education due to a poor understanding of the education system, and of the opportunities available. They may also have a negative image of vocational education and training.

Migration often implies an interruption of studies in the country of origin to resume them in a foreign country, often in a different language. This is a challenging transition and may negatively impact educational achievement, increasing the chances of early leaving.

Support measures need to acknowledge the different needs of students. It is also essential to promote inclusiveness and prevent discrimination in education and training environments.