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Title: Towards a Basic Qualification for All in the EU. A Social, Educational and Economic Agenda
Other Titles: Euroforum policy paper 9
Authors: Nicaise, Ides
De Witte, Kristof
Lavrijsen, Jeroen
Lamote, Carl
Van Landeghem, Georges
Issue Date: 14-Jun-2013
Publisher: Metaforum KU Leuven
Abstract: The reduction of early school leaving (ESL) to less than 10% in all EU member states is one of the headline targets of the Europe 2020 agenda linking ‘smart’ with ‘inclusive’ growth. Following the priorities of the European Commission’s Action Plan against ESL, we will first examine how systemic reforms can help prevent ESL; next, in the sphere of remediation, the system-level determinants of participation in non-formal education as a ‘second chance’ are analysed. To do so, this article explores whether and how differences in ESL correlate with characteristics of the educational system and the general environment in the individual EU countries. Both strategies may contribute to preparing young people better for the knowledge economy. However, as we will demonstrate, the quantitative impact of this approach on social inclusion remains rather marginal in the short and medium term. Therefore, we advocate a large-scale campaign of compensatory adult education, which potentially has a much stronger impact on poverty reduction.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: ER
Appears in Collections:Education and Training
Educational Effectiveness and Evaluation
Research Group Education and Lifelong Learning
Teacher Training, Faculty of Economics and Business, Leuven
Professional Learning & Development, Corporate Training and Lifelong Learning

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