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Good Afternoon Dear teachers and students,
Congratulations to the promoters of this initiative, the courage to discuss such an important issue that the European Union needs to resolve.
Congratulations to the students who contributed to this reflection and to the conclusions reached on the causes and possible solutions to solve this problem of school failure and early school dropout.
Because we live in a developed Europe that is one of the regions where it is possible to better live better in the world, we live often the misconception that there are problems that are too old and linked to less developed communities, and so we created the idea that we do not have such problems in Europe.
But, in fact, early school leaving is a serious problem in the European Union today to debate. And it is a problem that affects its Member States as well as Turkey and Norway - being partner countries are also represented in this working group and European exchange.
The school leaving is a problem for the individual (for the affected person), and also to society and the economy.
The capabilities and skills acquired at school are a minimum requirement for entry into the labor market and to success in the labor market. They are also essential to prepare young people for life as active and fulfilled citizens.
Most people who left earlier the educational system, or training, are unemployed or inactive, and, consequently, in social and economic disadvantage. The early departure of education and training leads to the reduction of employment opportunities and the increased likelihood of unemployment, poverty and social exclusion.
The qualification of people, specially the training of young people, is a key priority of the European Union.
Invest in education is to invest in the future, to ensure conditions for improving the quality of life, to create conditions to ensure more and better economic growth and social cohesion.
In this global and highly competitive world in which we all live, the European Union outlined a strategy to achieve by 2020. It is a strategy to establish itself as a world leader. It is the Europe 2020 strategy.
The Europe 2020 strategy has a focus on youth and education, that deserve special attention.
Youth is present in the five objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy, particularly in the field of education. In the European Union, we want to reduce early school leaving to below 10% and work for that, at least 40% of the population between 30-34 years of age completes a tertiary or equivalent education course.
I was the rapporteur of the European Parliament for the EU budget this year and I was also involved in the negotiations for the Multiannual Financial Framework, which sets the budgetary limits of the European Union for 2014-2020. The amounts available for youth were raised in 40%, compared to the previous multiannual financial framework.
For the period up to 2020, the European Union provides the Erasmus + program, which funds projects in the fields of education, training and youth, including initiatives like this which brings together students and also teachers from different countries, such as Greece, UK, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, Cyprus, Turkey and Norway as well as Portugal.
Erasmus + has a budget of EUR 14.7 billion for the period 2014-2020. Supports various sectors of education, training and youth. It aims to promote learning throughout life, enhance skills, increase employment opportunities, combating social exclusion, encouraging active citizenship.
By 2020, the Erasmus + will allow more than 2 million higher education students to participate in mobility programs; It will involve more than 500,000 young people in voluntary work and youth exchanges; and will provide more than 650,000 opportunities for internships or apprenticeships abroad.
It will also allow that around 800,000 educators and professionals working with young people can contact with new teaching methods and learning abroad
Therefore, Erasmus + is a program that seeks to address problems that have been identified in this project "One is too many" that regards the need to provide students, more teaching experiences and contacts with the labor market, professional activities contacts, including experiences in other countries.
The goal is to improve the quality of teaching and learning in schools across Europe.
As this group concluded over these days, it is needed to motivate not only students but also teachers, school principals, the parents, the family and the community to solve common problems, such as the fight against inequality or the prevention of school dropout.
The school is a key player in the fight against school dropout. And, in this aspect, there is indeed a relationship that is fundamental: it is the relationship between the teacher and the student. But the school and the teacher can not work alone or in isolation. There are external factors that influence the level of involvement and student success. Thus, an integrated educational approach to combat and overcome school dropout is required. This integrated approach requires the involvement of the entire school community (top leaders and intermediate ones, teaching and non-teaching staff, students, parents and families). Everyone should be involved in a cohesive action, collective and collaborative, based on strong cooperation with external partners and the community in general.
It is therefore with satisfaction and sense of responsibility that I received your reflections and conclusions.
And I will make them to be taken into account under the European Parliament's works, related not only to the fight against early school leaving, but also when it comes to measures to improve the quality and success of education and training in Europe.
It is up to young people to assume an active role to bring about policy measures and actions, including the level of appreciation of training and the promotion of the labor market. As done here at this Erasmus+ project, this should be attained through a real "structured dialogue". Young people should participate in the definition and monitoring of youth policies. Youth is a precious resource of the European Union. It is an asset and has a decisive role for the EU objectives to maintain and strengthen its leading position as an area that creates more wealth in the world and at the same time, where better to live in the world."
Besides this, please find attached the news in Braga's newspaper about our project and the presence of the eurodeputy. Although I'm searching for another one that has a bigger article on this subject.