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Quality education helps rural children to stay in school

 BUCHAREST, 23 November 2017 - Today, the Ministry of National Education and UNICEF in Romania have launched the study called “An Overview of School Attendance Using Cohort Analysis”. Over the last years, despite the fact that the cohort school dropout has declined for all education cycles, research findings show a larger share of children failing to participate in education due to family, economic and social disadvantage, leading to a lower adjusted net enrolment rate, as well as a lower dropout level in the course of an education cycle.

Cohort analysis focuses on one generation undergoing a full school cycle and provides a more accurate picture of the scale of dropout in schools and of the most affected student categories to date.

With regard to preschool education, findings pointed to an increase in the school attendance of young children (from 65 percent to 86 percent for 3-year-olds), with the highest enrolment rate typical of children aged 4 and 5 following the implementation of the prep class.

“This report is important because it provides a thorough and evidence-based in-depth view of school dropout. I trust its results and conclusions will be considered by national as well as county and local level decision-makers, since addressing current challenges in the area of child school attendance is context-specific. Only a relevant local stakeholder support and engagement will allow us to provide at risk children and youth with adequate support via measures which need ongoing monitoring and follow up. If school attendance indicators improve, we will know that these measures really work”, said the Minister of National Education, Mr. Liviu Marian Pop.

Although the urban-rural area gap has registered a significant decrease, rural areas are still considerably behind the urban ones.

Regardless of where they were born, of their skills or disability, of their family’s economic status, of their gender and ethnic background, all children have a right to quality education. This study shows us the areas of progress, on the one hand, and the areas requiring a tailoring of public policies to ensure equity and equal opportunities for every child, on the other hand. Our model in Bacău is evidence to the effectiveness of integrated services for children and the impact of quality inclusive education”, said Pieter Bult, UNICEF Representative in Romania.

8 out of 10 students aged 15 and 16 complete the mandatory education courses, while only 7 out of 10 students graduate from high school or vocational school. One of four adolescents discontinues their studies after grade 8 or after successfully completing the 10-year mandatory education cycle.

According to the study data, there are 391,000 out of school children in Romania.

About UNICEF in Romania

UNICEF is on the ground in Romania and other 190 countries and territories to promote children’s right to survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. In Romania, UNICEF works with the Government, the Parliament, the local authorities, the civil society, the private sector, national and international partners, and the mass media, to provide all children with access to quality early education and school, protect adolescents and monitor child rights, ensure social protection and leverage resources for children. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.



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