A nationwide ESF project in Germany is helping disadvantaged young people leave school with qualifications
"The number of young people without a school leaving certificate has declined in Germany in comparison to previous years," says Thomas Buhrmann, education researcher at the University of Paderborn. In 2006, there were around 76 000, falling to 53 000 in 2010. "The success of these measures is so visible," he says in praise of the national ‘Second Chance – Truancy’ project which is currently running in 189 locations in Germany. Since 2008. It has helped some 18 500 young people, including many from an immigrant background, either to stay on or to return and finish school.
In the town of Pforzheim in Baden-Württemberg, 166 students from 15 schools took part and over half were reintegrated and completed their education successfully. At a project meeting of network partners in Pforzheim, Director of Youth Work and Project Co-director, Sandra Dienger, emphasised that besides keeping young people in school, putting the issue high on the agenda of society at large is also vital for success.