Prevention of school dropout

Our diagnostic

  1. Children coming from modest families encounter more academic difficulty: amongst the 200 000 school drop outs every year, 48% are children from proletariat families while 4% are children from wealthy families 1
  2. At the same academic level, young adults coming from modest families have access to less ambitious career paths : they have a 93% chance of being orientated towards secondary jobs, 20% of them do not compete graduate studies which gives them a probability of 37% less of completing a higher diploma than a Bachelor 2
  3. As a result, the levels of diploma acquisition are lower for teenagers coming from modest families : those who have a working-class father have four times more risk of leaving school without a diploma compared to those who have a father with a white-collar job 3

Our objective

The Break Poverty Foundation engages itself to support the strategies put forth to prevent school drop outs as well projects allowing teenagers from lower socio-economic backgrounds to reach their full potential to succeed academically.

The type of intervention we can support

  • Schemes that combat school drop outs (academic support, new pedagogical approaches, cultural workshops, etc.)
  • Devices that facilitate the fostering of connections with families furthest away from school (workshop parents/children, accompanying parents, etc.)
  • Schemes that allow teenagers to choose their path with confidence and ambition (mentorship, methodological support, etc.)

1 Observatoire des inégalités (2013), Ecole : 200 000 décrocheurs
2 Guyon N. et Huillery E. (2014), Choix d’orientation et origine sociale : mesurer et comprendre l’autocensure scolaire
3 Bernard P.Y (2012). Le décrochage scolaire est-il une affaire de classes ? Revue de santé scolaire et universitaire



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