Socrates - Action 6 Observation and Innovation
COMBATING FAILURE IN EDUCATION
The White Paper on education and training "Teaching and
learning: Towards the Learning Society" sets out five general objectives for an
action in the field of education and training. The third of these objectives namely
"Combating exclusion giving a second chance through education ", intends
to stress the need to promote, through example, the experiences undertaken in certain
Member States to combat exclusion and to develop a sense of belonging. This involves
supporting activities aimed at offering a second chance through education.
The Commission has launched different initiatives in this field, in
particular by encouraging the exchange of good practices and by mobilising the various
players concerned within the European Union.
A European Pilot Project
on Second Chance Schools was launched by the Commission in 1997 .
School failure has also been a priority theme under SOCRATES programme
for the period 1995-1999. A number of studies have been launched by the Commission on this
subject under Action III.3.1 of the SOCRATES programme in order to support this objective.
These studies and initiatives
are of great interest to stakeholders in the field, and information on them is available
to the general public.
The information network "Eurydice" is responsible for
producing documents and in-depth comparative analyses on themes of interest to education
policy. Further information on studies on this subject produced by EURYDICE is also available.