Education in Cyprus is compulsory up to the age of 15 and free of charge. The country remains below the EU average (10.20 %) and the Europe 2020 national target of 10 % regarding early school leaving and there are several initiatives to downsize the phenomenon (see section 6.3).
The responsible body for setting education policy in Cyprus is the Council of Ministers. However, the overall responsibility for policy implementation, educational planning and service delivery rests with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MOECSY). In addition, the Youth Board of Cyprus is the responsible body (with an advisory role to the MOECSY) regarding the identification and promotion of youth policies in the field of Education and Training as well as other youth related issues. For more information on the educational context (formal education structure, key actors, etc.) in Cyprus, please see section 6.1 and section 6.2.
The National Youth Strategy 2017-2022 is a very important policy paper on youth related topics which includes measures and policies in relation to Education and Training, validation of non-formal education, social inclusion of young people to education and many more (see section 6.4 and section 6.5). There are also several ongoing initiatives/programmes to boost innovation skills and media literacy of young people both on formal and non-formal settings, but there is not a specific strategy/action plan for these topics (section 6.7 and section 6.8).