6.3 Preventing early leaving from education and training (ELET)
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No comprehensive national strategy concerning early leaving from education and training (Tackling Early Leaving from Education and Training in Europe: Strategies, Policies and Measures 2014). However, the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture has cooperated with upper secondary schools to get to the root of the problem. The work mainly consisted of contacting the students who had dropped out to determine the main cause for their decision. The ministry published their conclusions in 2013 and 2014, but no reports have been found for later years.
No policy measures, projects or initiatives currently exist for preventing early school leaving.
Fjölsmiðjan (name not available in English) is an organization aimed at people aged 16 – 24 years, and provides a non-formal and informal learning environment with the aim to help young people, to re-enter the education or work environment. The organization was first established in Reykjavík in 2001 by the Red Cross, Association of Municipalities in the Capital Area, the Ministry of Welfare and the Directorate of Labour. It was established in Akureyri in 2007 by the Red Cross, Municipality of Akureyri, and the Directorate of Labour. The organization is funded by the municipalities and the state.
As discussed in chapter 1, Reykjavík Youth Centre is an organization funded and operated by the municipality of Reykjavík and offers young people job counselling as well as providing many types of courses which encourage young people’s social inclusion.
No documents suggest that any monitoring is performed by top-level authorities on ELET interventions.