Context

The recent European Commission Communication COM(2011)18, highlights the relevance of school dropout in Europe, and the importance of increasing its visibility in the agenda of the community discussion, decision-making and policy-making agenda.

In Europe, in 2009 more than six million young people aged between 18 and 24 years, left school before before reaching upper secondary education, and some of them, only completed primary education. Such trend actually varies on a geographical base: in some countries the dropout rate is lower than 10%, whereas in other countries it reaches 30%.

Early school leaving increases the probability of unemployment and poverty, and it makes it more difficult to be integrated in the labour market; it is thus very important for institutions and decision makers at all levels to encourage and stress the importance of completeing a solid educational path.

The analysis of the Commission points out how early scholastic dropout is often a process, starting from the first difficulties faced in primary school. If schools, families and the resources of society are not able to support pupils in facing such failures, they can strengthen and bring to early school leaving after some years. Therefore, measures, tools and policies carried out to fight early school leaving must be sufficiently wide and comprehensive to offer a support in a prevention, intervention and in case making up phase.

Rapport project thus wishes to  develop – in a completely innovative way – three training and guidance products for the strengthening of social and relational skills young people, in order to prevent early school leaving. Such resources will act on three levels:

Prevention. Digital storytelling will be the pedagogical approach show parallel situations resulting from different educational pathways (school dropout or success)

Intervention. Docufilm, showing people who dropped school and had a second chance to receive education and training.

– Opportunity. Documentaries about the second chances related to apprenticeship pathways. The language and communication code will be suitable to influence a target audience of young students.

RAPPORT’s methodological innovation  consists in relating learning to experience, by bringing real life stories and witnesses into schools, and showing them by means of visual language (movies).