The current numbers of Early School Leaving (ESL) are striking as far the EU’s 27 countries and non-EU countries are concerned. According to the Final Report “Reducing early school leaving: key messages and policy supports” (Nov. 2013), there was rate of 22.8% for the former and a 26.7% one for the latter, whose native born Early School Leaving data is at 11.6%.
Particularly with the ESL percentages of non-EU born students in the partners countries, they are as it follows: Belgium (26%); France (22,7%); Italy (40,5%); Portugal (19,4 %); Norway (15,3%).
According to these data, the consortium decided to develop the SHIP project.
The principal objective is reducing the ESL percentage of the students with foreign origin based on many reasons of which low education level of migrant parents can most times be the main one and a result of two important factors: low educational level achieved in one’s home country and different knowledge learned between origin and destination countries. To tackle this problem there are a wide array of actions that have to be taken.
SHIP project wants to ensure the involvement of parents in school activities, giving them the possibility to follow step by step the activities of their children. This will be possible through improving communication between parents and schools and establishing a positive educational environment at home for pupils with migrant background.
SHIP is targeting parents with migrant background that will be identified according to their origin and the school attainments of their pupils, in key competences like leading, mathematical and scientific literacy pointed out by the “Programme for International Student Assessment” (PISA).
There will be twenty (25) parents who will make up an experimental group. On the other side SHIP will set up a control group with twenty-five (25) parents. On the first group it will be implemented the largest part of the activities while the second one will be used mainly as a group control and for measuring the impact of the project.