6. Education and Training
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 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).